All of these courses will provide an excellent introduction to incoming students to the field of Asian Studies:
100 Gateway to Asia: Special Topics: Languages of Asia: Cultures, Politics & Identities
(J. Mori) Elementary, Humanities
Offers a comparative and interdisciplinary introduction to multiple cultures of Asia.
108 Introduction to East Asian History – Korea (C. Kim) Elementary, Humanities or Social Science
Survey of major cultural, social, political, and intellectual developments in Korea from the 10th century to the 21st century.
236 Asia Enchanted: Ghosts, Gods, and Monsters (R. Huntington) Elementary, Humanities, Com B
Explores how different cultures in Asia conceive of and relate to the monstrous, ghostly, and divine, both in the past and in the contemporary world. These themes are approached from a range of different disciplinary perspectives, including religious studies, literature, anthropology, and history.
246 Southeast Asian Refugees of the “Cold” War (M. Cullinane) Elementary, Humanities or Social Science, Ethnic Studies
In-depth study of the peoples, conflicts, and wars in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, with emphasis on the Cold War era (1945-1990) and on the resulting migration and resettlement of over one million Hmong, Khmer, Lao, and Vietnamese in the United States.
252 Contemporary Indian Society (M. Chase) Elementary, Humanities
Contemporary Indian society surveyed as the joint product of India’s classical heritage and its transformation into a modern post-colonial nation state. The tensions and continuities between the pre-modern and modern will be explored while not shying away from questioning the terminology itself.
255 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations (V. Murthy) Elementary, Humanities or Social Science
Multidisciplinary and historical perspectives on the East Asian civilizations of China, Japan, Korea, Tibet and Mongolia from prehistory to the present, including developments in philosophy, economy, governance, social structure, kinship, geography, etc.
268 Tibetan Cultures and Traditions (J. Khedup) Elementary, Humanities
Introduction to a wide variety of ancient Tibetan cultural beliefs, practices and motifs that are practiced to this day. Examines topics such as: gender roles and stereotypes in Tibetan society; folk beliefs and practices; astrology, divination, dream interpretation and related issues; art, music and theater; traditional Tibetan medicine and healing practices; and finally, the varied and extensive religious traditions of Tibet in their cultural manifestations. Examines central themes and inquires into the ways it contributes to-or contests-a cultural universe that has direct impact on Tibetan lives.
Our department only offers first semester language class in the fall term. If you have prior experience in the language, you will need to complete a placement test for permission to join another level of language courses.