Asian Studies

Coordinators: Mann, Sachdev

Requirements for the Minor in Asian studies. The Asian Studies minor requires 22 semester hours, with grades of C- or better, including four elective courses (with at least three to be chosen from courses exclusively on Asia), a required final course and a study tour or practicum. Study abroad is highly recommended but not required.

Required Final Course. Minors are required to take a 4-credit final course that offers an exploration of broad comparative issues that relate to Asia as a whole. HIST:354 Asian Culture or a course in Asian literature approved by the program coordinators will satisfy this requirement.

Study Tour or Practicum. Minors also complete a study tour or practicum. All students are encouraged to go on at least one of the study tours: study tour of China (2 semester hours), study tour of India (2 semester hours) or service learning to Philippines (2 to 4 semester hours). Financial considerations might allow students to fulfill this requirement by doing a practicum for 2 semester hours instead, which includes working with local Asian communities; learning Asian dance, music, painting, calligraphy or the arts; or working with Asian newspapers or newsletters. Students are encouraged to join existing classes offered by the local communities, but they must undertake at least 50 hours of intense learning or working experience that furthers their understanding of Asia.

Electives. Students take a total of 16 elective semester hours. Not more than 8 semester hours may be taken at the 100 level, and at least 4 semester hours must be taken at the 300 level. No more than 4 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

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

HIST:258 Modern China

RELI:321 Current Religious Issues, with Buddhism as the topic

HIST:355 Asia: Family and Gender

ENGL:365 Literature and Gender, with Asian Women's Literature as the topic

Four semester hours may be taken in the following comparative courses:

ENGL:205 Literature Studies, with Asian-American Literature as the topic

RELI:105 World Religions

RELI:321 Current Religious Issues, with Asian Christianity as the topic

ENGL:355 Studies in Anglophone Literature, with Postcolonial Literature as the topic

HIST:339 America's Wars in Asia

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 4 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.