Asian Studies Major Course Lists


Electives are grouped by the regions listed below. Other courses may be added at a later date. Please watch for newly approved electives on annual and quarterly course listings and on this web page.

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CHINA

MODERN CHINA

ANTH 447 Anthropology of Religion in China (5)
SIS 455 Industry & State (5) (when taught by China faculty)
*JSIS A/GEOG 236 Development and Challenge in Greater China (5)
JSIS A/ANTH 370 Han Chinese Social Culture (5)
JSIS A/ANTH 406 China's Environment (5)
JSIS A 431/SOC 434 Demographic Issues in Asia (5)
JSIS A 403/ANTH 444 Politics of Representation in Modern China (5)
JSIS A 404 Religion in China (5)
JSIS A 446 Political Development in East Asia (5)
JSIS A 408/POL S 442 Government and Politics of China (5)
JSIS A/HSTAS 454 History of Modern China (5)
JSIS A 453/ECON 468 China's Economic Reforms (5)
JSIS A/HSTAS 456 Topics in Chinese Social History (5)
JSIS A 459/POL S 419 United States-China Relations (5)
JSIS A 462 China's Rise and Its Global Implications (5)
JSIS A/SOC 464 Contemporary Society in the PRC (5)
JSIS A/POL S/LSJ 469 Law, Development, Transition in East Asia (5)
JSIS A/ANTH 470 Minority Peoples of China (5)
JSIS 484 Special Topics East Asia (depending on theme) (1-5, max. 15)
CHIN 385 Popular Culture in Twentieth Century China (5)
COM 429 Chinese Communication Systems (5)
GEOG 372 Asian Environment and Development (5)
GEOG 336 China (5)
GEOG 313 East Asia (5)
GEOG 435 Industrialization and Urbanization China (5)
GEOG 438 Cities of East Asia: Geography and Development (5)
HSTAS/WOMEN 459 Gender Histories of Modern China (5)

PREMODERN CHINA

JSIS A/HSTAS 456 Topics in Chinese Social History (5) (depending on theme)
ECON 466 Economic History of China: 1840-1949 (5)
JSIS 484 Special Topics East Asia (depending on theme) (1-5, max. 15)
HSTAS 451 Chinese History: Earliest Times to 221 B.C. (5)
HSTAS 452 Chinese History: to 1368 A.D.(5)
HSTAS 453 Chinese History: A.D. 1368 to 1898 (5)
HSTAS/WOMEN 457 Women in China to 1800 (5)
CHIN 370 Ancient China (5)

ARTS AND LITERATURE

*ART H 204 Survey of Asian Art (5) [no longer offered]
*ART H 212 Chinese Art and Visual Culture (5)
ART H 310 Chinese Art and Archaeology Neolithic to Han (5)
ART H 311 Chinese Painting (5)
ART H 312 Chinese Art and Visual Culture (5) [only through Spr 2009]
ART H 313 East Asian Art (5) [no longer offered]
ART H 315 Buddhist Art of East Asia (5)
ART H 411 Chinese Painting Experiences (3)
ART H 412 Chinese Bronzes (3)
ART H 413 Selected Topics in Chinese Art (3, max. 9)
ART H 414 Song China (5) [only through Aut 2009]
ART H 430 Chinese Cinema (5) [no longer offered]
*ASIAN 201 Literature and Culture of China: Ancient and Classical
*ASIAN 204 Literature and Culture of China from Tradition to Modernity
*ASIAN 207 Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia (if China)(5)
*ASIAN 211 Languages and Cultures of China (5)
*ASIAN 263 Great Works of Asian Literature (if China)
CHIN 370 Ancient China (5)
CHIN 373 Chinese Poetry (5)
CHIN 374 Chinese Prose (5)
CHIN 380 Premodern Chinese Narrative in Translation (5)
CHIN 381 Literature in Modern China (5)
CHIN 385 Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century China (5)
CHIN 461 History of Chinese Literature (5)
CHIN 462 History of Chinese Literature (5)
CHIN 463 History of Chinese Literature (5)
CHIN 482 Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese (5)
CHIN 496 Special Studies in Chinese (depending on theme)

*A maximum of 5 credits of lower-division coursework (200-level) may be counted in the 30 credits constituting the distribution and specialization requirements.

JAPAN

LIST A (Social Sciences)

ECON 494 Economic Growth of Japan 1850- (5)
HSTAS 421  History of Early Japan (5)
HSTAS 441 Economic and Social History of Japan to 1900 (5)
JSIS D/HSTAS 422 History of Tokugawa Japan (5)
JSIS A/HSTAS 423 History of Modern Japan (5)
JSIS A/HSTAS 424 Emergence of Postwar Japan (5)
JSIS A/POL S 435 Government and Politics of Japan (5)
JSIS A/POL S 436/POL S 429 Political Parties in Japan and East Asia (5)
JSIS A 437/POL S 424 International Relations of Japan (5) [formerly SISEA 487]
JSIS A 473 Political Economy of Postwar Japan (5)
JSIS A 449/ANTH 443 Anthropology of Modern Japan (5)
JSIS A 473 Political Economy of Postwar Japan (5)
JSIS A 474 Civil Society in Japan and East Asia (5)
JSIS A 475 Japanese Society (5)
JSIS A 478 Japanese Business and Technology (5)
JSIS A 487/POL S 418 Japanese Trade Politics (5)
JSIS 484 Special Topics East Asia (depending on theme) (1-5, max. 15)

LIST B (Humanities/Other)

JSIS A 478 Readings in Social Sciences in Japanese (5)
JSIS A/LAW B 540 Law in East Asia: Japan (3)
ART H 315 Buddhist Art of East Asia (5) (when taught by Bogel)
ART H 318 Japanese Prints (5)
ART H 321 Arts of Japan (5, max. 15)
ART H 419 Japanese Architecture (3)
ART H 420 Art of the Japanese Print (3)
ART H 421 Topics in Art and Visual Culture: Japan (5)
JAPAN 321 Japan in Literature (5)
JAPAN 322 Japan in Literature (5)
JAPAN 323 Japan in Literature (5)
JAPAN 360 Topics in Japanese Culture (5)
JAPAN 431 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (5)
JAPAN 432 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (5)
JAPAN 433 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (5)
JAPAN 460 Topics in Japanese Popular Culture and Literature (5)

JAPAN 473 Readings in Classical Japanese Literature (5)

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
§ART H 204 Survey of Asian Art (5)
§ASIAN 202 Literature and Culture of Japan: Traditional Japan (5)
§ASIAN 205 Literature and Culture of Japan from Trad. to Modernity (5)
§JSIS A/HSTAS 241 Japanese Civilization (5)
§JSIS A 242 Introduction to Contemporary Japan (5)

†if not taken for the Japan Concentration's core requirement

§A maximum of 5 credits of lower-division coursework (200-level) may be counted in the "LIST B" section of the Asian Studies-Japan Concentration.

KOREA

All 300- and 400-level courses approved for Japan and China options (SEE ABOVE), plus

JSIS A 405/ANTH 449 Social Transformation in Modern East Asia (5)
JSIS A/POL S 439 Politics of Divided Korea (5)
JSIS A 466/POL S 480 Comparative Politics and Korea Studies (5) (if not taken as
   required Korea course)

JSIS 484 Special Topics East Asia (1-5)
GEOG 313 East Asia (5)
GEOG 438 Cities of East Asia: Geography and Development (5)
HSTAS 481 History of Traditional Korea (5) (if not taken as required Korea course)
COM 428 Asian Media Systems (5)

No more than 10 credits from:
KOREAN 411 Readings in Contemporary Korean (5)
KOREAN 412 Readings in Contemporary Korean (5)
KOREAN 413 Readings in Contemporary Korean (5)
KOREAN 415 Social Science Literature in Korean (5)
KOREAN 416 Readings in Korean Literature (5)
KOREAN 417 Readings in Korean Journals (5)

A maximum of 5 credits of lower-division coursework (200-level) may be allowed in the 30 credits of Korea/East Asia coursework in the Concentration.

SOUTH ASIA

ANTH/JSIS A 316 Modern South Asia (3)
ANTH 345 Women and International Economic Development (5)
ANTH 352 Buddhism and Society: Theravada Buddhist Tradition in South
and Southeast Asia (5)
ANTH 412 South Asian Social Structure (5)
ANTH 517 Seminar on South Asia (3)
◊ART H 204 Survey of Asian Art (5) [no longer offered]
◊ART H 214 Art of India: Mohenjo-Daro to the Mughals (5)
ART H 306 Indian Art of South Asia (5)
ART H 312 Art and Empire of India 1750-1900 (5)
ART H 314 Modern and Contemporary Art in India (5)
ART H 414 Topics in South Asian Art (5)
◊ASIAN 203 Literature and Culture of Ancient and Classical India (5)
◊ASIAN 206 Literature and Culture of S. Asia, Tradition to Modernity (5)
◊ASIAN 207 Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia (5)
◊ASIAN 263 Great Works of Asian Literature (5)
ASIAN 401 Introduction to Asian Linguistics (5)
ASIAN 404 Writing Systems (3)
ASIAN 405 Advanced Problems in Asian Linguistics (3)
ASIAN 411 Buddhist Literature (5)
ASIAN 498 Special Topics (1-5, max 15) [when topic is S. Asia]
ASIAN 585 Seminar in Buddhism (3, max. 27)
HINDI 401-03 Advanced Hindi (5,5,5)
HINDI 404 Derivational Morphology of Hindi/Urdu (3)
HINDI 421-23 Survey of Modern Hindi Literature (3,3,3)
HINDI 451 Advanced Hindi Readings (3, max. 9)
HINDI 501 Studies in Medieval Braj Literature (3, max. 9)
HINDI 502 Studies in Medieval Avadhi Literature (3, max. 9)
HINDI 503 Studies in Medieval Sant Literature (3, max. 9)
HINDI 504 Studies in Medieval Rajasthani Literature (3)
HINDI 510 Structure of Hindi (3)
INDN 400 Practicum in South Asian Languages (3, max. 18)
INDN 401-02 Pali (3,3)
INDN 403 Introduction to Written Urdu (3)
INDN 404 Readings in Urdu Literature (3, max. 18)
INDN 410 Prakrit (3, max. 6)
INDN 530 Readings in Pali Literature (3, max. 18)
INDN 590 Special Topics in Indology (1-5, max. 12)
SNKRT 411-13 Advanced Sanskrit (each 5, max. 15)
SNKRT 491-93 Vedic Studies (3,3,3)
SNKRT 494 Readings in Religious Classics of India (5)
SNKRT 495 Studies in Indian Thought (3, max. 9)
SNKRT 550 Seminar on Sanskrit Literature (3, max. 9)
SNKRT 555 Seminar on Sanskrit Grammar (3, max. 6)
SNKRT 560 Readings in Philosophical Sanskrit (3, max. 9)
SNKRT 570 Smnr in Indian Epigraphy and Paleography (3, max. 6)
SNKRT 581-82 Readings in Buddhist Texts (each 3, max. 9)
TIB 411-13 Readings in Tibetan (3,3,3)
TIB 415-17 Readings in Tibetan Literature (3,3,3)
TIB 511-13 Advanced Literary Tibetan (each 3, max. 9)
TIB 531-33 Buddhist Tibetan (each 3, max. 9)
TIB 541 Introduction to Tibetan Philology (3)
ECON 391 Economic Development (5)
ECON 491 Issues in Economic Development (5)
ECON 591 Theoretical Issues in Economic Development (5)
ENGL 528 Victorian Literature [when topic is South Asia]
GEOG/JSIS B 343 Comparative Geographies of Youth (5)
◊HSTAS 201 Ancient Indian Civilization (5) [if not already counted toward civilization requirement]
◊HSTAS 202 Modern Indian Civilization (5) [if not already counted toward civilization requirement]
HSTAS 401 History of Ancient India (5)
HSTAS 402 History of Medieval and Mughal India (5)
HSTAS 403 History of Modern India to 1900 (5)
HSTAS 404 History of Twentieth-Century India (5)
HSTAS 431 Tibetan History (5)
HSTAS 501 Indian History (3-6)
HSTAS 502 Seminar: History of India (3-6, max. 12)
HSTAS 503 Seminar: History of India (3-6, max. 12)
JSIS B 331 Political Economy of Development (5)
JSIS B 337 Collective Violence and the State (5)
JSIS B 345 Women and International Economic Development (5)
JSIS B 436 Ethnic Politics and Nationalism in Multi-Ethnic Societies (5)
JSIS A 206 South Asia Today (5) [if not already counted toward civilization requirement]
JSIS A 340 Government and Politics of South Asia (5)
JSIS B 343 Comparative Geographies of Youth (5)
JSIS A 417 Political Economy of India (5)
JSIS A 434 International Relations of South Asia (5)
JSIS 485 Special Topics South Asia (1-5, max 15)
JSIS A 508 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study of South Asia (5)
JSIS A 509 Seminar on South Asia (5)
JSIS 585 Special Topics South Asia (5, max. 10)
◊JSIS C 202 Introduction to World Religions: Eastern Traditions (5)
◊JSIS C 211 Islam (5)
JSIS C 352 Hinduism (5)
JSIS C 354 Buddhism (5)
JSIS C 356 Buddhism and Society: Theravada Buddhist Tradition in South and Southeast Asia (5) 
JSIS C 459 Topics in the Buddhism of Tibet (3)
MUSIC 316 Music Cultures of the World (5)
MUSIC 428 Music of North India (3)
MUSIC 447 Music of Southern India (3)
POL S 337 Collective Violence and the State (5)
POL S 340 Government and Politics of South Asia (5)
POL S 417 Political Economy of India (5)
POL S 434 International Relations of South Asia (5)
POL S 436 Ethnic Politics and Nationalism in Multi-Ethnic Societies (5)
PHIL 386 Introduction to the Philosophical Systems of India (5)
PHIL 412 Indian Philosophy (5)
PHIL 413 Studies in Indian Philosophy (3, max. 9)
PHIL 418 Indian Buddhist Philosophy (3)
PHIL 586 Seminar in Indian Philosophy (5, max. 20)
WOMEN 345 Women and International Economic Development (5)

◊A maximum of 10 credits of lower-division coursework (200-level) may be allowed toward the Concentration Courses in the Asian Studies-South Asia Concentration.

SOUTHEAST ASIA

§ When taught by Southeast Asian faculty

AES 322/WOMEN 322 Race & Gender (5) § 
AAS 390 Asian American Family & Personality (5) §
AAS 395 Southeast Asian Culture (5)
AAS 498 Special Topics (when topic is Economic Development of Southeast Asians) (5)
ANTH 352/JSIS C 356 Buddhism and Society (5)
ANTH 357 Text & Performance in Island Southeast Asia (5)
ANTH 421 Belief, Ritual, & the Structure of Religion (5)
ANTH 428 Anthropological Perspectives on Ethnicity (5) § 
ANTH 492/CHS 492 Anthropology of Refugees (3)
ARCHY 309 Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia (5)
ASIAN 498 Special Topics (1-5) § 
ECON 491 Issues in Economic Development (5) §
ECON 591 Theoretical Issues in Economic Development (5) § 
ENGL 473 Current Development in English Studies (when topic is Language Policy and Indochinese Refugees) (5) § 
ENGL 478 Language & Social Policy (5) § 
GEOG 349 Geography of International Trade (5) § 
GEOG 434 Southeast Asia: Conflict and Development (5)
‡HIST/JSIS A 205 Filipino Histories (5)
HIST 335 The United States and Vietnam (5)
HIST 346 Images of War in History, Literature, & Media (5)
HSTAS 462 Southeast Asian History to 1800 (5)
HSTAS 463 Southeast Asian History from 1800 to present (5)
HSTAS 265 The Vietnam Wars (5)
MUSIC 316 Music Cultures of the World: Near East, Cent Asia, Far East, So. and SE Asia, Indonesia, Philippines (5)
MUSAP 389 World Music (when topic is focused on SE Asian music genre) (2-3)
MUSIC 439 Music of Indonesia and the Philippines (5)
MUSIC 445 Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology (when topic is focused on SE Asian music genre) (3)
POL S 433 International Relations in Southeast Asia (5)
‡JSIS C 202 Introduction to World Religions: Eastern Traditions (5)
JSIS D 435/SOC 432 Population & Modernization (3) § 
ANTH/AAS 314 Culture, Environment, and Identity in Island Southeast Asia(5)
JSIS A/ANTH 315 Southeast Asian Civilization: Buddhist & Vietnamese (5)
JSIS A/POL S 343 Politics and Change in Southeast Asia (5)
JSIS A/HSTAS 364 Violence, Myth, and Memory (5)
JSIS A 367 Activism in Southeast Asia (5)
JSIS A 376 Violence, Myth, and Memory (5)
JSIS A 419 Southeast Asian Knowledge and the Politics of Information (5)
JSIS D 432 Technology and Culture in the Making of Contemporary Empires (5)
JSIS A 447/ANTH 445 Literature and Society in Southeast Asia (5)
JSIS A 462/HSTAS 466 Islam, Mysticism, Politics, and Performance in
Indonesian Culture (5)
JSIS B/HIST 468 Theater, History and Memory (5)
JSIS A 463 Topics in Southeast Asian History and Society (5)
JSIS 486 Special Topics in Southeast Asian Studies (5)
SOC 401 Special Topics Sociology (when taught by Hirschman) (5)
SOC 470 Contemporary Southeast Asia (5)
WOMEN 205 Introduction to Global Perspectives on Women (5) § 
WOMEN 322/AES 322 Race & Gender (5) §
Any language courses, third-year and above.

‡A maximum of 5 credits at lower division may be counted toward Section III electives in the Asian Studies-Southeast Asia Concentration.

THEMATIC/CROSS-REGIONAL COURSES for South and Southeast Concentrations
(300- and 400-level courses are also acceptable as electives in the General Concentration)


ANTH/JSIS A 407  Global Futures in East Asia (5)
◊◊ART H 204 Survey of Asian Art (5)
ART H 315 Buddhist Art and Material Culture of East Asia (5)
ASIAN 401 Introduction to Asian Linguistics (5)
ASIAN 404 Writing Systems (3)
COM 428 Asian Media Systems (5) (formerly CMU 428)
GEOG 313 East Asia (5)
GEOG 438 Cities of East Asia: Geography and Development (5)
MUSIC 316 Music Cultures of the World: Asia & Middle East (5)
◊◊JSIS B 202 Introduction to World Religions: Eastern Traditions (5)
JSIS C 354 Buddhism (5)
JSIS C 356/ANTH 352 Buddhism and Society (5)
JSIS A 405/ANTH 449 Social Transformation in Modern East Asia (5)
◊◊JSIS 207 Asian Civilizations: Traditions (5)
◊◊JSIS A/HSTAS 244 Imperialism and Anti-colonialism in Asia (5)
◊◊JSIS A/HSTAS 245 Human Rights in Asia (5)

JSIS D/GEOG 372 Asian Environment and Development (5)
JSIS A 401 Asia and the World (5)
JSIS A 431/SOC 434 Demographic Asia (5)
JSIS D 443/ANTH 446 Class and Culture in East Asia (5)
JSIS A/POL S/LSJ 469 Law, Development and Transition in East Asia (5)
JSIS A 471 New Orders in East Asia (5)
JSIS A 472 Science, Tech., & Innovation Policies in E Asia (5)

Conditional approval
JSIS A 346/HSTAS 348 Alternative Routes to Modernity (5) (when taught by Guy)
JSIS D 429 International Population (5) (when taught by Lavely)
JSIS B 385 Industry and the State (5) (when taught by Hamilton or Whiting)

◊◊A maximum of 10 credits of lower-division coursework (200-level) may be allowed toward the Concentration Courses in the Asian Studies-South Asia Concentration.

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