The 21st century has been called the “Asian Century.” Indeed, many of the world's most pressing issues cannot be understood without a grasp of the histories, cultures, and languages of Asia. Asia is home to over half of the world's population. China, Japan, and India are three of the world’s top economies. For decades Asian countries have been leaders in global manufacturing, and Asian universities are renowned centers for literary studies and scientific innovation. Fifty percent of the declared nuclear-weapon states are also in the region. Simply put, Asia matters a great deal.

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers a wide variety of courses on East, South, and Southeast Asia taught by faculty who are specialists in their regions and disciplines. Whether you are taking your first step toward learning about Asia or you bring some background experience, an ALC major will expand your ability to think and work across cultural and linguistic boundaries. Majors who opt the ALC major study Asia in a robustly transnational and transhistorical perspective, working with faculty across the department. Alternatively, majors may choose to take a more focused course of study by choosing one of our named options in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, thereby electing to work more closely with the professors who specialize in these specific regions.  

East Asia
The East Asian Studies named option offers a multidisciplinary range of courses that explore the diverse and vibrant cultures, arts, histories, political systems, and literatures of China, Japan, Korea and Tibet. Students in the East Asian option can study Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Tibetan language and linguistics; and explore Chinese ghost stories and classical Chinese literature or poetry; Korean cinema and pop culture; classical Japanese fiction; early modern comedic narratives, manga, anime and counterculture. ALC faculty and instructors offering courses in this option include: C. D’Etcheverry, A. Detwyler, N. Geyer, R. Huntington, A. Kern, H. Kim, B. Lim, J. Mori, T. Nakakubo, B. Nienhauser, S. Ridgely, H. Zhang, W. Zhu.

South Asia
The South Asian Studies named option offers a multidisciplinary range of courses that explore the diverse and vibrant cultures, arts, histories, political systems, and literatures of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Students in the South Asian option can study Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, or Urdu language; and probe the roots of Yoga; methods of Buddhist philosophy and meditation; South Asian religion and politics in the past and present of the Indian subcontinent; and medical history in South Asia. ALC faculty and instructors offering courses in this option include: F. Asif, G. Bühnemann, S. Beckham, A. Cerulli, S. Farsiu, J. Dunne, J. Khedup, N. Tiwari.

Southeast Asia
The Southest Asian Studies named option offers a multidisciplinary range of courses that explore the diverse and vibrant cultures, arts, histories, political systems, and literatures of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Students in the Southeast Asian option can study Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese language; and probe Human rights in Thailand; explore literature of the region; and history and politics in Southeast Asia. ALC faculty and instructors offering courses in this option include: E. Barnard, T. Haberkorn, C. Lee, J. Surasin, S. Suryani, H. Dinh, S. Zamar.

To take advantage of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures’ many relationships with other departments and program units across campus, students may choose to double major or enhance their studies in ALC with one of the certificates offered at the university, such as the global health certificate, the certificate in health and the humanities, or those offered by the area studies centers: Center for East Asian Studies; Center for South Asia; and Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

This major is interdisciplinary and offers a wealth of options. Careful planning and consultation with the ALC advisor, is especially important.

 

Requirements for the East Asian Option

30 credits to include the Introductory and Residence and Quality of Work requirements of the general major, plus these requirements specific to the East Asian Option: 

EAST ASIAN INTERMEDIATE LANGUAGE

Complete a sequence:
ASIALANG 201
ASIALANG 202
Third Semester Chinese
and Fourth Semester Chinese
8
ASIALANG 203
ASIALANG 204
Third Semester Japanese
and Fourth Semester Japanese
8
ASIALANG 205
ASIALANG 206
Third Semester Korean
and Fourth Semester Korean
8
ASIALANG 235
ASIALANG 236
Third Semester Modern Tibetan
and Fourth Semester Modern Tibetan
8

EAST ASIAN STUDIES BREADTH

East Asian Studies Humanities

Complete three courses from:
ASIAN 203 Lost in Translation: Western Experience in Asia3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  236 Asia Enchanted: Ghosts, Gods, and Monsters3
ASIAN 253 Japanese Popular Culture3
ASIAN/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  267 Asian Religions in Global Perspective3-4
ASIAN 268 Tibetan Cultures and Traditions3
ASIAN 299 Directed Study1-3
ASIAN 300 Topics in Asian Studies (East Asian Studies topics only)3
ASIAN 351 Survey of Classical Chinese Literature3
ASIAN 352 Survey of Modern Chinese Literature3
ASIAN 353 Lovers, Warriors and Monks: Survey of Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 354 Early Modern Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 355 Modern Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 358 Language in Japanese Society3
ASIAN 361 Love and Politics: The Tale of Genji3
ASIAN 367 Haiku3
ASIAN 371 Topics in Chinese Literature2-3
ASIAN 372 Topics in Chinese: Study Abroad1-6
ASIAN 373 Topics in Japanese: Study Abroad1-6
ASIAN 375 Survey of Chinese Film3
ASIAN 376 Manga3
ASIAN 378 Anime3
ASIAN 431 Chinese Linguistics I3
ASIAN 432 Chinese Linguistics II3
ASIAN 433 Topics in East Asian Visual Cultures3
ASIAN 434 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics3
ASIALANG 311 First Semester Classical Chinese3
ASIALANG 312 Second Semester Classical Chinese3
ASIALANG 313 Classical Japanese3
ANTHRO 358 Anthropology of China3
ART HIST 203 Survey of Asian Art3-4
ART HIST 307 Early Chinese Art: From Antiquity to the Tenth Century3
ART HIST 308 Later Chinese Art: From the Tenth Century to the Present3
ART HIST 372 Arts of Japan3-4
ART HIST 375 Later Japanese Painting and Woodblock Prints3-4
ART HIST 411 Topics in Asian Art (East Asian Studies topics only)3-4
ART HIST 475 Japanese Ceramics and Allied Arts3
LITTRANS 261 Survey of Chinese Literature in Translation3
LITTRANS 262 Survey of Chinese Literature in Translation3
LITTRANS 263 Survey of Japanese Literature in Translation3
LITTRANS 264 Survey of Japanese Literature in Translation3
LITTRANS 368 Modern Japanese Fiction3
LITTRANS 372 Classical Japanese Prose in Translation3
LITTRANS 373 Topics in Japanese Literature3
LITTRANS 374 Topics in Korean Literature3

East Asian Studies Social Science

Complete three courses from:
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  103 Introduction to East Asian History: China3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  104 Introduction to East Asian History: Japan3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY  108 Introduction to East Asian History - Korea3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI  255 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations3-4
ASIAN/​ASIAN AM/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  276 Chinese Migrations since 15003-4
ASIAN/​KINES  277 Kendo: Integration of Martial Arts and Liberal Arts2
ASIAN 299 Directed Study1-3
ASIAN 300 Topics in Asian Studies (East Asian Studies topics only)3
ASIAN/​E A STDS  301 Social Studies Topics in East Asian Studies1-3
ASIAN/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  308 Introduction to Buddhism3-4
ASIAN/​HISTORY  335 The Koreas: Korean War to the 21st Century3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  337 Social and Intellectual History of China, 589 AD-19193-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  341 History of Modern China, 1800-19493-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  342 History of the Peoples Republic of China, 1949 to the Present3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  363 China and World War II in Asia3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  454 Samurai: History and Image3-4
ASIAN/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  456 Pearl Harbor & Hiroshima: Japan, the US & The Crisis in Asia3-4
ANTHRO 310 Topics in Archaeology (East Asian Studies topics only)3
ANTHRO 357 Introduction to the Anthropology of Japan3-4
ANTHRO 358 Anthropology of China3
GEOG 340 World Regions in Global Context3
HISTORY 200 Historical Studies (East Asian Studies topics only)3-4
HISTORY 201 The Historian's Craft (East Asian Studies topics only)3-4
HISTORY 336 Chinese Economic and Business History: From Silk to iPhones3-4
HISTORY/​ASIAN/​E A STDS  337 Social and Intellectual History of China, 589 AD-19193-4
HISTORY 340 Cultural History of Korea3-4
POLI SCI 324 Political Power in Contemporary China3-4
POLI SCI 328 Politics of East and Southeast Asia3-4
POLI SCI 346 China in World Politics3-4
SOC 225 Contemporary Chinese Society3

east asian studies CAPSTONE

Complete one course:
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  505 The Perfectible Body in Religions, Medicines, and Politics3
ASIAN 563 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 568 Study Abroad in Religions and Philosophies2-6
ASIAN 571 Readings in Classical Chinese Literature1-3
ASIAN 573 Readings in Classical Japanese Literature3
ASIAN 600 Capstone Seminar in Asian Humanities3
ASIAN/​RELIG ST  620 Proseminar: Studies in Religions of Asia3
ASIAN 630 Proseminar: Studies in Cultures of Asia3
ASIAN 631 History of the Chinese Language3
ASIAN 632 Studies in Chinese Linguistics3
ASIAN 641 History of Chinese Literature3
ASIAN 671 Literary Studies in Chinese Drama3
ASIAN 672 Studies in Chinese Fiction3
ASIAN 681 Senior Honors Thesis3
ASIAN 682 Senior Honors Thesis3
ASIAN 691 Senior Thesis3
ASIAN 692 Senior Thesis3
ASIAN 698 Directed Study2-3
ASIAN 699 Directed Study2-3
ASIALANG 374 Advanced Readings in Chinese I3
ASIALANG 453 Advanced Readings in Chinese II3
ASIALANG 378 Chinese Conversation3
ASIALANG 379 Business Chinese3
ASIALANG 401 Seventh Semester Chinese3
ASIALANG 402 Eighth Semester Chinese3
ASIALANG 501 Fifth-year Chinese3
ASIALANG 376 Japanese Conversation3
ASIALANG/​E P D  377 Business Japanese Communication3
ASIALANG 403 Seventh Semester Japanese3
ASIALANG 404 Eighth Semester Japanese3
ASIALANG 405 Seventh Semester Korean3
ASIALANG 406 Eighth Semester Korean3
ASIALANG 373 Advanced Readings in Japanese I3
ASIALANG 450 Advanced Readings in Japanese II3
ASIALANG 452 Advanced Japanese through Audio-Visual Media3
ASIALANG 454 Advanced Chinese through Media3
ASIALANG 475 Advanced Topics in Asian Translation3

See Four Year Plan for the Asian Languages and Cultures Major; your course choices for the East Asian Studies Named Option will focus on that region.