- To initiate an in-depth study of Asia, including its cultures, literatures, history, religion, philosophy, businesses, media practices, arts and languages.
- To compare various Asian cultures with each other in order to achieve a greater understanding of the continuities/discontinuities between them.
- To arrive at some understanding of the continuities/discontinuities between Asian communities in Asia and their diasporic communities, particularly in the U.S.
Requirements for the Minor in Asian Studies. The Asian studies minor requires 20 semester hours, with grades of C- or better, including four elective courses (with at least three to be chosen from courses exclusively on Asia) and a required final course. Study abroad is highly recommended but not required.
Required Final Course. Students pursuing a minor are required to take an upper-level four-semester-hour final course that offers an exploration of broad comparative issues that relate to Asia as a whole. Courses such as RELI:208, RELI:315, RELI:305, HIST:390, HIST:361, ENGL:205, ENGL:365 or other courses approved by the program coordinators will satisfy this requirement.
Electives. Students take a total of 16 elective semester hours. Not more than eight semester hours may be taken at the 100 level, and at least four semester hours must be taken at the 300 level. No more than four semester hours of language may be counted toward an elective.
At least 12 semester hours must be taken from the following courses exclusively on Asia:
CHNS:101 Beginning Chinese I
CHNS:102 Beginning Chinese II
CHNS:201 Intermediate Chinese I
Beginning Japanese I-II taken at Bucknell University
HIST:151 Traditional East Asia
HIST:152 Modern East Asia
ENGL:205 Literature Studies, with Indian Literature and Film as the topic
ENGL:365 Literature and Gender, with Asian Women's Literature as the topic
HIST:258 Modern China
HIST:390 Topics in History with Sino-U.S. Relations as the topic
HIST:390 Topics in History with Globalizing China: Diasporas as the topic
RELI:117 Introduction to Asian Religions
RELI:318 Daoist and Confucian Ethics
Four semester hours may be taken in the following comparative courses:
ENGL:205 Literature Studies, with Asian-American Literature as the topic
HIST:361 Global Migrations in the Modern World
HIST:390 Topics in History with Asian American History as the topic
RELI:105 World Religions
RELI:305 Topics in Religion, with Asian religions as the topic
RELI:315 Being Awesome at Life
Minors are strongly encouraged to fulfill the university’s Central Curriculum language requirement with an Asian language and to continue the language study beyond the first year. Features of Chinese and Japanese culture are closely associated with the uniqueness of the language. (For example, the evolution of Chinese characters is directly connected to the evolution of Chinese culture.) This is a primary reason that we propose accepting four semester hours of language toward an elective. Chinese is currently offered at Susquehanna at both the 100 and 200 levels. In addition, students may take Japanese at Bucknell University. Students who wish to take another Asian language not offered at Susquehanna may satisfy this requirement by taking language classes through off-campus programs or summer language study programs that have been approved for Susquehanna credit.