Undergrad Catalog 2010
Asian Studies Program

Ronnie Littlejohn, Director

Vision:

To prepare students with a more detailed knowledge of issues in Asia in general and provide a basis for advanced study and/or career choices through methods drawn from a variety of disciplines, and habits of critical reflection and action.

Purpose:

Belmont's Asian Studies program provides an opportunity for those students with special interests in Asia to prepare themselves for a wide range of careers and callings. With many different courses and experiences available, students are able to focus on both the modern and traditional history and literature of Asian cultures and societies, contemporary Asian politics, economic links between the Asia and the rest of the world, and global philosophical, ethical, and religious issues. Graduates with the major or minor in Asian studies will be better prepared to pursue many diverse careers in an era of globalization, such as international business, government serivice, education, and research.

Goals:

1. Students will gain increased knowledge about Asia in general and familiarity with the history, cultures, and languages of that area.
2. Students will learn how to study a region in an interdiciplinary manner, making use of the methodologies and perspectives of multiple fields.
3. Students will be prepared for careers and/or further study of Asia in fields such as international business, journalism, politics, the media professions, economics, history, modern languages, literature, law, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology.
4. Students will learn to use their knowledge of Asian affairs to support their own critical reflections on current issues.

Major in Asian Studies (B.A.) Hours
General Education Core Requirements   59-61
Major Requirements   30 
ASN 2000, Seminar in Asia Area Studies 3  
ASN 4015, Senior Capstone for Asian Studies 3  
Tool Requirement: Completion of intermediate collegiate level study or its  
 equivalent in an Asian Language.    
Area Studies (Choose 6 courses from 3 disciplines)   18 
ART 4630 Asian Art & Architecture

ASN 1950-3950, Study Abroad in Asia (3 hours max.)

   
ASN 1990-4990 Special Studies in Asia
CHN 3000 level or above (3 hours max.)  
ECO 3900, The Chinese Economy    
ECO 4400, International Economics    
ENL 3810 Topics in Asian Literature
HIS 1700, The Samurai and Their World    
HIS 1800, Survey of East Asian History  
HIS 3540 Modern China
HIS 3700, History of Central Asia  
HIS 4800, The Vietnam War  

HIS 4820, History of Modern Japan

 
HUM 1500, World of Asian Humanities    
HUM 3500 Topics in Asian Culture    
PHI 4070 Eastern Philosophical Traditions
PHI 4080, Philosophies of China  
PSC 3430, Politics of Asia  
REL 4310, World Religions  
          
Infused Courses (Choose 2)         6 
ENL 2330, World Literature I    
ENL 2340, World Literature II  
ENL 4370, World Advanced Studies in Literature  
HIS 1010, World History to 1500  
HIS 1020, World History since 1500    
MBU 3330, International Music Business    
MGT 3300, International Business  
MKT 4310, International Marketing  
PSC 2760, Intro to International Political Economy  
PHI 1520, Global Moral Cultures    
PHI 3230, Comparative Philosophy
PSC 2300, International Relations    
PSC 2400, Introduction to Comparative Politics  
REL 3090, Spirituality in World Religions
     
Minor Requirements     18 
Electives 19-21
Total   128
 
Minor in Asian Studies Hours
Core Emphasis
    ASN 2000, Seminar in Asia Area Studies

 3

 
    ASN 4015, Senior Capstone for Asian Studies

 3

 
Tool Requirement: Completion of intermediate collegiate level study or its    
equivalent in an Asian Language.
Area Studies 12 

Four courses from at least Three disciplines listed below:
       ART 4630, Asian Art & Architecture     
       ASN 1950-3950, Study Abroad in Asia (3 hours max.)
       ASN 1990-4990, Special Studies in Asia
       CHN 3000-level or above (3 hours max.)
       ECO 3900, The Chinese Economy
       ECO 4400, International Economics
       ENL 3810, Topics in Asian Literature
       HIS 1700, The Samurai and Their World
       HIS 1800, Survey of East Asian History
       HIS 3540, Modern China
       HIS 3700, History of Central Asia
       HIS 4800, The Vietnam War
       HIS 4820, History of Modern Japan
       HUM 1500, World of Asian Humanities
       HUM 3500, Topics in Asian Culture
       PHI 4070, Eastern Philosophical Traditions
       PHI 4080, Philosophies of China
       PSC 3430, Politics of Asia
       REL 4310, World Religions

   
Total   18

Asian Studies Courses (ASN)

ASN 1950-3950. Study Abroad in Asia (3). Study in a foreign country in Asia. Individual course titles and locations are assigned for each course taken. See Studies Abroad program for details. Required of Asian Studies majors.

ASN 1990-4990. Special Studies in Asia.

ASN 2000. Seminar in Asia Area Studies (3). An interdisciplinary topical seminar designed to provide an overview of issues in the study of Asian countries and traditions. Course content and instructor varies.

ASN 4015. Senior Capstone for Asian Studies (3). This course is a culminating experience in the major or minor in Asian Studies, which also addresses the goals for the Senior Capstone as defined in the course description for GND 4015 and in the BELL Core curriculum. These goals include reflection on the students' whole educational experiences and on their transition from the university setting to post-graduation pursuits.