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Old Dominion University

2014-2015 Catalog

Asian Studies

Bachelor of Arts—Asian Studies

Qiu Jin Hailstork, Director

A total of 120 credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Asian Studies. The 120 credit hours are divided into two major categories:

  1. Requirements for General Education and electives and
  2. 33-35 hours at the upper level required for the Asian Studies major

Each of these two categories consists of the courses as follows:

Lower Division General Education       

Written Communication *6
Oral Communication 3
Mathematics3
Language and Culture **0-12
Information Literacy and Research (can be met in the major by HIST 201 or POLS 308)0-3
Human Creativity 3
Interpreting the Past
HIST 101HInterpreting the Asian Past (required)3
Literature3
Philosophy and Ethics3
The Nature of Science8
Impact of Technology 3
Human Behavior3
Total Hours38-53
*

Grade of C or better required in both courses and in ENGL 110C before declaring major

**

CHIN 111F-CHIN 212 or JAPN 111F-JAPN 212 are required; proficiency is not met by completion of an associate degree.

Major Requirements

Research Methods
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Historical Methods
Research Design
Introduction to Social Research
Quantitative Methods
Research Methods in Economics
Capstone Seminar in Asian Studies
ASIA 461WAsian Studies Capstone Seminar *3
Asian Experience **3
Total Hours9
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Grade of C or better required. 

**

Study abroad or an approved practicum; consult with the director for arrangements.

Upper-level Elective Courses (24-26 credit hours at the 300 or 400 Level)

These courses can be elected from the list below. At least one of the elective courses must be selected from the Humanities (i.e., history, literature, religion, philosophy, art, theatre, and music) and one from social sciences/business (e.g., political science, economics, business management, marketing, geography, sociology, communication, and women's studies). Students are strongly encouraged to take courses in more than one region of Asia. Courses are under development in different disciplines, and additional courses with an Asian content may be approved by the program director. No course listed below may be used to fulfill more than one requirement.

Art
ARTH 360Asian Art3
Asian Studies
ASIA/HIST 332South Asia Since Independence3
ASIA/HIST 336The Emergence of New China3
ASIA 337/HIST 338Japan's Era of Transformation3
ASIA/POLS 338WPolitics of East Asia3
ASIA/PHIL 353Asian Religions3
ASIA/ARTH 360Asian Art3
ASIA 395Topics in Asian Studies3
ASIA/POLS 435Chinese Politics3
ASIA 461WAsian Studies Capstone Seminar3
ASIA 495Topics in Asian Studies3
Business Management and Marketing
MGMT 463Management Seminar Abroad (Korea, Philippines, China and/or other Asian countries)3
MKTG 496Selected Topics in Marketing (Asian content)3
Communication
COMM 300International Sojourning3
COMM 400WIntercultural Communication3
COMM 407Communication and Culture in Asia3
COMM 495/496Topics in Communication (Asian content)1-3
Economics
ECON 450International Economics3
ECON 454WEconomic Development3
ECON 495Selected Topics in Economics (Asian content)1-3
English
ENGL 396Topics in English (Contemporary Filipino/Filipino-American Literature)1-3
ENGL 495Topics in English (Techno-Orientalism in Science Fiction Film & Literature)1-3
Filipino American Studies
FAST 395Topics in Filipino American Studies3
Foreign Languages
CHIN 395Topics in Chinese1-3
CHIN 311Advanced Chinese Language and Culture I3
CHIN 312Advanced Chinese Language and Culture II3
JAPN 311Advanced Japanese Language and Culture I3
JAPN 312Advanced Japanese Language and Culture II3
JAPN 396Topics in Japanese1-3
FLET 310Japan: A Cultural Odyssey (Culture class in English )3
Geography
GEOG 453Asia3
GEOG 456Geography of Southeast Asia3
GEOG 495/496Topics in Geography (Asian content)1-4
History
HIST 331Colonialism and Nationalism in Southeast Asia3
HIST/ASIA 332South Asia Since Independence3
HIST/ASIA 336The Emergence of New China3
HIST 338/ASIA 337Japan's Era of Transformation3
HIST 396Topics in History1-3
HIST 439Politics and Society in East Asia Since 19453
HIST 495Topics in History1-3
International Business
INBU 433Doing Business in Asia3
INBU 463International Business Seminar Abroad3
Philosophy and Religious Studies
REL 352Islam3
PHIL/ASIA 353Asian Religions3
PHIL 354Comparative Philosophy East and West - Personhood3
PHIL 480Hinduism3
PHIL 481Buddhism3
PHIL 482Chinese Religion and Philosophy3
PHIL 485Japanese Religion and Philosophy3
PHIL 495/496Topics in Philosophy (Asian content)1-3
Political Science
POLS 336South Asia Since Independence3
POLS/ASIA 338WPolitics of East Asia3
POLS/ASIA 435Chinese Politics3
POLS 436Japanese Politics3
POLS 437International Relations in East Asia3
POLS 495/496Topics in Political Science (Asian content)1-3
Psychology
PSYC 420Cross-Cultural Psychology3
Sociology
SOC 306Religion and Society3
SOC 395Topics in Sociology (Asian content)3
Women's Studies
WMST 401WWomen: A Global Perspective3
WMST 495Topics in Women's Studies (Asian content)3

Electives

Elective courses may be taken for the remainder of the minimum 120 credits required for the degree.

Upper-Division General Education

  • Option A. Approved Minor, 12-24 hours; also second degree or second major
  • Option B. Interdisciplinary Minor, 12 hours specified by the department, 3 of which may be in the major area of study
  • Option C. International business and regional courses or an approved certification program, such as teaching licensure
  • Option D. Two Upper-Division Courses from outside the College of Arts and Letters or from the Arts and Humanities Component within the College of Arts and Letters that are not required by the major (6 hours). ASIA courses and any course listed as an elective choice for the major cannot be used to meet this option.

Requirements for Graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120 credit hours, which must include both a minimum of 30 credit hours overall and 12 credit hours of upper-level courses in the major program from Old Dominion University, completion of ENGL 110C, ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, and the writing intensive (W) course in the major with a grade of C or better, and completion of Senior Assessment.

Minor in Asian Studies

Students who wish to qualify for the minor in Asian studies must file a program declaration with the director of the Institute of Asian Studies and complete a total of 12 credit hours at the 300-400 level. No more than two courses may be taken from any one discipline. For completion of the minor, a student must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the minor exclusive of 100- and 200-level courses and prerequisite courses and complete a minimum of six hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement through courses offered by Old Dominion University.

The courses listed below can be used to fulfill the requirements of the Asian Studies minor.  Additional courses with an Asian content may be approved by the program director.

Asian Studies:
ASIA 332South Asia Since Independence3
ASIA 336The Emergence of New China3
ASIA 337Japan's Era of Transformation3
ASIA 338WPolitics of East Asia3
ASIA 353Asian Religions3
ASIA 360Asian Art3
ASIA 395Topics in Asian Studies *3
ASIA 435Chinese Politics3
ASIA 461WAsian Studies Capstone Seminar3
ASIA 495Topics in Asian Studies *3
Business Management and Marketing:
MGMT 463Management Seminar Abroad3
MKTG 496Selected Topics in Marketing *3
Communication:
COMM 300International Sojourning3
COMM 400WIntercultural Communication3
COMM 407Communication and Culture in Asia3
COMM 495/496Topics in Communication *1-3
Economics:
ECON 450International Economics3
ECON 454WEconomic Development3
ECON 495Selected Topics in Economics *1-3
English:
ENGL 395Topics in English *1-3
ENGL 396Topics in English *1-3
ENGL 495Topics in English *1-3
Filipino-American Studies:
FAST 395Topics in Filipino American Studies3
Foreign Languages:
CHIN 311Advanced Chinese Language and Culture I3
CHIN 312Advanced Chinese Language and Culture II3
CHIN 395Topics in Chinese1-3
JAPN 311Advanced Japanese Language and Culture I3
JAPN 312Advanced Japanese Language and Culture II3
JAPN 396Topics in Japanese1-3
JAPN 495Topics in Japanese1-3
FLET 310Japan: A Cultural Odyssey3
Geography:
GEOG 453Asia3
GEOG 456Geography of Southeast Asia3
GEOG 495/496Topics in Geography *1-4
History:
HIST 332South Asia Since Independence3
HIST 336The Emergence of New China3
HIST 338Japan's Era of Transformation3
HIST 439Politics and Society in East Asia Since 19453
HIST 396Topics in History *1-3
HIST 495Topics in History *1-3
International Business:
INBU 433Doing Business in Asia3
INBU 463International Business Seminar Abroad3
Philosophy and Religious Studies:
PHIL 353Asian Religions3
PHIL 354Comparative Philosophy East and West - Personhood3
PHIL 480Hinduism3
PHIL 481Buddhism3
PHIL 482Chinese Religion and Philosophy3
PHIL 485Japanese Religion and Philosophy3
PHIL 495/496Topics in Philosophy *1-3
REL 352Islam3
Political Science:
POLS 338WPolitics of East Asia3
POLS 435Chinese Politics3
POLS 436Japanese Politics3
POLS 437International Relations in East Asia3
POLS 495/496Topics in Political Science *1-3
Psychology:
PSYC 420Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSYC 495Topics in Psychology *1-3
Sociology:
SOC 306Religion and Society3
SOC 395Topics in Sociology *3
SOC 396Topics in Sociology *3
Women's Studies:
WMST 401WWomen: A Global Perspective3
WMST 495Topics in Women's Studies *3
WMST 496Topics in Women's Studies *3

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With significant portion of the course about Asia, to be approved by the director.

Minor in Chinese Studies

The Chinese Studies minor consists of 12 credit hours of 300- and 400-level courses that combine the study of language and culture.  For a more complete description and requirements, please refer to the minors section in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Minor in Japanese Studies

The Japanese Studies minor consists of 12 credit hours of 300- and 400-level courses that combine the study of language and culture. For a more complete description and requirements, please refer to the minors section in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

ASIAN STUDIES Courses

ASIA 332. South Asia Since Independence. 3 Credits.

This is a comparative study of the main political, economic and social developments in the major countries of South Asia. Themes will include democratization, problems of economic development, the role of caste and religion, the causes of intrastate conflict and interstate conflict and the influence of global forces on the region. Prerequisites: HIST 100H or HIST 101H or HIST 102H or HIST 103H or HIST 104H or HIST 105H.

ASIA 336. The Emergence of New China. 3 Credits.

The history of China covering late Imperial China, the impact of Western imperialism, the Republican Period, and the establishment of the People's Republic. Prerequisites: HIST 100H or HIST 101H or HIST 102H or HIST 103H or HIST 104H or HIST 105H.

ASIA 337. Japan's Era of Transformation. 3 Credits.

The history of Japan since 1800. The decline of the Tokugawa Shogunate, modern national building in the Meiji period, domestic conflicts and war in the twentieth century, and the roots of Japan's economic prominence today. Prerequisites: HIST 100H or HIST 101H or HIST 102H or HIST 103H or HIST 104H or HIST 105H.

ASIA 338W. Politics of East Asia. 3 Credits.

This course is designed for intermediate students who are interested in the theoretical and systematic study of world politics. The course first introduces students to several major theoretical approaches to the study of world politics and then applies these approaches to a number of major, contemporary issues--ranging from war and peace, conflict and cooperation, development and underdevelopment to global and national interests. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, six hours in human behavior, and junior standing or permission of the instructor.

ASIA 353. Asian Religions. 3 Credits.

A study of religious and philosophical traditions of India, China and Japan. Primary emphasis will be given to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Prerequisites: Junior standing and three semester hours in philosophy, or permission of the instructor.

ASIA 360. Asian Art. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the architecture, sculpture, calligraphy, pottery, ink, painting, miniature painting, and gardens of India, China, and Japan. Emphasis will be placed on the connections among the cultures: Buddhism and pilgrimage, the importance of the scholar painters, the role of trade routes and the emergence of native writing. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 110C; a grade of C or higher in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C; ARTH 121A or ARTH 211 or ARTH 212 or permission of instructor.

ASIA 395. Topics in Asian Studies. 3 Credits.

A study of selected topics designed for nonmajors or for elective credit within a major. These courses will appear in the course schedule and will be more fully described in information distributed to academic advisors. Prerequisites: HIST 101H or permission of the instructor.

ASIA 435. Chinese Politics. 3 Credits.

A study of origins of the Chinese revolution; development and functions of the Chinese Communist Party; government institutions; the defense establishment; evolution of foreign policy; and post-Mao political and economic reforms. Prerequisites: POLS 100S or POLS 102S or permission of the instructor.

ASIA 460. Major Issues in Asia. 3 Credits.

The course examines the most salient social, economic, environmental, and political issues in Asia from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. The course focuses on three major geographic areas of Asia--East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Prerequisites: Three hours in human behavior and junior standing or permission of the instructor.

ASIA 461W. Asian Studies Capstone Seminar. 3 Credits.

As a required course for the Asian Studies major, the course helps students synthesize the knowledge they have learned from the undergraduate courses, write a capstone research paper and present the paper in class. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: HIST 101H, a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, and junior standing.

ASIA 495/595. Topics in Asian Studies. 3 Credits.

This course is designed for small groups of qualified students to conduct advanced study of selected topics on Asian Studies, topics which may not be taught in regularly scheduled classes. The description of the course for each offering will appear in the course schedule booklet that is distributed to each advisor. Prerequisites: Appropriate survey source or permission of the instructor.