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Asian Studies course catalog

2024-25 catalog

Umme Al-Wazedi, Professor of English
B.A., M.A., Rajshahi University; M.A., Eastern Illinois; Ph.D., Purdue

Hua-Mei Chang, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chinese
B.A., National Sun Yat-Sen University; M.A., University of Wisconsin- Madison

Ann Ericson, Professor of Business Administration
B.A., Augustana; M.S., Illinois; Ph.D., Iowa; C.P.A., Illinois; C.M.A.

Hayan Kim, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art

Chikahide Komura, Instructor of Japanese
B.A., Kansai University, Cincinnati; M.A., Cincinnati, Utah

Hua-Mei Chang, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chinese
B.A., National Sun Yat-Sen University; M.A., University of Wisconsin- Madison

Elizabeth Lawrence, Co-Chair, Associate Professor of History
B.A., History and English, Grinnell College; Ph.D. and M.A., East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

Jen-Mei Ma, Professor of Chinese
B.A., Fu-jen Catholic University; M.A., M.Ph., Ph.D., Kansas

Mamata Marmé, Instructor and Advising Coordinator of Business Administration
B.Stat., M.Stat., Indian Statistical Institute; M.S., Illinois

Christopher Marmé, Professor of Economics
B.A., St. Ambrose; M.S., Ph.D., Illinois UIUC

Mari Nagase, Professor of Japanese
B.A., M.A., University of Tokyo; Ph.D., British Colombia

Trang Phan, Associate Professor of Business Administration
B.C.S., Hanoi University of Technology; M.C.S., Vietnam National University, Hanoi: M.B.A., University of Arizona; Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa

Nirmala Salgado, Professor of Religion
B.A., M.A., London; Ph.D., Northwestern

Laurel Williams, Professional Faculty, Clinical Supervisor
B.A., Augustana College; M.A., University of Northern Iowa

Peter Xiao, Co-Chair, Professor of Art
B.A., Coe; M.F.A., Temple

Lina Zhou, Professor of Business Administration
B.E., M.A., Central South University, China; M.A., Ph.D., Mississippi; C.F.A.

Zhang Xiaowen, Professor of Political Science
BB.A., Peking University; Ph.D., Southern California


Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that fosters students’ understanding of certain regions in Asia through multiple disciplinary approaches. By acquiring more than one disciplinary perspective and by interconnecting them, students will be able to critically and creatively examine a certain Asian region’s history, religions, literature, society, economy, politics, languages, and art. Richly developed Asian cultural, social, and economic systems are worthy of study in their own right, and the study challenges students to clarify their own values. The program prepares them to live more effectively and responsibly in an interdependent world where actions are based on differing value systems, historical experiences, geographical perspectives, economic and political realities, and cultural norms.

MAJOR IN ASIAN STUDIES. 28 credits, of which 16 credits must be at the 300 level or higher.

Required courses: ASIA 451, at least 8 credits in Chinese or Japanese language, at least 4 credits in RELG from 284, 287, 384, or 387, and at least 4 credits in HIST 250, 252, 350, 355, or 358. These courses, if not required, can be used as electives.

The remaining credits can be fulfilled from the following electives:

Chinese or Japanese language 200 levels and above;
Non-language courses taught on campus including ARHI 372, CHST 240, 340, ECON 406, ENGL 295, HIST 150, 151, 250, 350, 355, 358, ISS 350, JPST 250, 350, KINS 270, POLS 318, RELG 212, 284, 287, 384, 387, and any of the courses not already taken as a required RELG or HIST course. Other courses approved by the Asian Studies program faculty on a case-by-case recommendation may be added.

MINOR IN ASIAN STUDIES. 20 credits, of which no more than 8 credits may be in Asian languages (Chinese or Japanese), and the remaining 12-20 credits would be from other Asia –focused classes listed above. Other courses approved by the Asian Studies program faculty on a case-by-case recommendation may be added.

ARHI-372 (PP, G) Asian Art

ASIA-200 (PH, G) Intro to Asian Studies

ASIA-300 (PH, G) Intro to Asian Studies

ASIA-451 Senior Project

CHNS-101 First Year Chinese I

CHNS-102 First Year Chinese II

CHNS-201 Second Year Chinese I

CHNS-202 Second Year Chinese II

CHNS-301 Third Year Chinese I

CHNS-302 Third Year Chinese II

CHNS-401 Fourth Year Chinese I

CHNS-402 Fourth Year Chinese II

CHST-240 (PH, G) Intro Chinese Culture

CHST 260 (PA, G): Intro to Chinese Cinema

CHST-340 (PH, G) Intro Chinese Culture

ECON-406 (PH, G) Development Economics

ENGL-295 (PH, G) Women, Health In/& South Asian Lit

HIST-150 (PP, G) Problems in East Asian History to 1600

HIST-151 (PP, G) East Asia Making Modern World

HIST-250 (PP, D) Parade of Nations

HIST-252 (PP, G) Epic China

HIST-350 (PP, G) Modern China in a Century of Revolution

HIST-355 (PP, G) Japanese Empire & Its Ashes

HIST-358 (PP, G) History Versus Heritage

ISS-355 Service Learning in Cambodia

ISS-353 / 354 Beautiful Bangladesh

JPN-101 First Year Japanese I

JPN-102 First Year Japanese II

JPN-201 Second Year Japanese I

JPN-202 Second Year Japanese II

JPN-220 (G, 8 credits) Second Level Japanese

JPN-221 (G, 6 credits) Second Level Japanese

JPN-301 Third Year Japanese I

JPN-302 Third Year Japanese II

JPN-320 (G, 8 credits) Third Level Japanese

JPN-321 (G, 6 credits) Third Level Japanese

JPN-401 (2 credits) Japanese Language Practicum I

JPN-402 (2 credits) Japanese Language Practicum II

JPN-420 (G, 8 credits) Fourth Level Japanese

JPN-421 (G, 6 credits) Fourth Level Japanese

JPST-230 (PA, G): Japanese Theatre

JPST-250 (PH, G) Japanese Culture & Society

JPST-350 (PL, G) Japanese Masterpieces in Translation

KINS-270 (PS, G) Japan Sport and Culture

POLS-318 (PS, G) China in World Affairs

RELG-212 (REF) The Disciplined Life (elective for the major only)

RELG-284 (PH, G) Buddhism and Film

RELG-287 (PP, G) Religion & Philosophy of India

RELG-384 (PH, G) Buddhism and Film

RELG-387 (PL, G) Religions of China and Japan

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.

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