Requirements for a Major

A total of 66 credits.

  • I) 18 credits in a disciplinary base department: Art History, Asian Languages, History, Political Science/International Relations, Religion, and Sociology and Anthropology which must include:
    • a) at least 12 credits in courses related to Asia
    • b) 6 credits in an appropriate methodology course
      • ARTH 298 Seminar for Art History Majors
      • CAMS 330 Cinema Studies Topics Seminar
      • ENGL 295 Critical Methods
      • HIST 298 Junior-year History Colloquium
      • LCST 245 Introduction to Critical Methods: Structure, Gender, Culture (for ASLN)
      • POSC 230 Methods of Political Research
      • RELG 300 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion
      • SOAN 330 Sociological Thought and Theory
      • SOAN 331 Anthropological Thought and Theory
  • II) 42 additional credits in Asia-related courses (including appropriate off-campus credits, excluding ASST 400 and language-department courses below 228 or their equivalents); these must include:
    • a) at least 6 credits in each of three distribution areas: Artistic/Literary analysis, Humanistic inquiry, and Social inquiry
    • b) a maximum of 18 credits at the 100-level
    • c) a minimum of 24 credits at the 200 level or above
  • III) 6 credits of Senior Integrative Exercise (ASST 400), normally taken during winter term of the senior year.
    • The Senior Integrative Exercise, normally is a research paper of 30 pages or more that delves into some aspect of the student's focal region. The project normally is developed by the student during the fall term, and proposed to and approved by the Asian Studies Committee, which assigns two faculty members as readers and advisors for the project. The first draft of the exercise is due in the ninth week of winter term, and a final draft in the fourth week of spring term. The student defends the project before the two readers, and presents the research publicly to interested members of the community.
  • IV) A regional focus on East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam), South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet), or Central Asia (Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iran, the Islamic former Soviet republics, Manchuria, inner and outer Mongolia, Tibet, Xinjiang) involving:
    • a) at least 48 credits (exclusive of the Senior Integrative Exercise) related to one's focal region
    • b) at least 6 credits related to an Asian region different from one's focal region.
    • Courses by regional focus, subdivided by distribution area:
      • EAST ASIA:
        • Artistic/Literary analysis:
          • ARTH 164 Buddhist Art
          • ARTH 165 Japanese Art and Culture
          • ARTH 166 Chinese Art
          • ARTH 209 Chinese Painting
          • ARTH 220 Gender and Genre in the Floating World: Japanese Prints
          • ARTH 320 Japanese Theater:  Visualizing Narrative Across Media
          • ARTH 321 Arts of the Chinese Scholar's Studio
          • ASLN 111 Writing Systems
          • ASLN 237 Tao of Wisdom in Asian Literature
          • ASLN 260 Historical Linguistics
          • ASST 284 Linguistics Seminar: History and Culture of Japan
          • CHIN 115 The Taoist Way of Health and Longevity: Taichi and Other Forms
          • CHIN 206 Chinese in Cultural Context
          • CHIN 207 Chinese Studies Seminar in Tianjin: Chinese Language
          • CHIN 212 Chinese Studies Seminar in Tianjin: Chinese Culture
          • CHIN 235 Beauty, Good, and Evil in Chinese Literature in Translation
          • CHIN 240 Chinese Cinema
          • CHIN 241 Twentieth Century Chinese Literature and Film in Translation
          • CHIN 248 The Structure of Chinese
          • CHIN 282 Chinese Studies Seminar in Tianjin: Chinese Civilization
          • CHIN 307 Chinese Studies Seminar in Tianjin: Advanced Chinese Language
          • CHIN 347 Advanced Readings in Contemporary Chinese Prose: Newspapers
          • CHIN 348 Advanced Chinese:  The Mass Media
          • CHIN 349 Advanced Chinese: Social Commentary
          • CHIN 350 Advanced Chinese: Poems and Stories
          • CHIN 355 Contemporary Chinese Short Stories and Film
          • CHIN 356 Modern and Contemporary Women Writers
          • CHIN 357 Advanced Chinese: Contemporary Social Issues
          • CHIN 358 Chinese Idiom Stories
          • CHIN 360 Classical Chinese
          • JAPN 230 Topics in Pre-Modern Literature
          • JAPN 231 Japanese Cinema in Translation
          • JAPN 232 Autobiography in Modern Japan
          • JAPN 234 Modern Japanese Novel in Translation: Mothers/Daughters; Fathers/Sons
          • JAPN 235 Contemporary Japanese Women in Translation: Bad Girls
          • JAPN 236 Classical Japanese Fiction: The Tale of Genji and Its World in Translation
          • JAPN 237 Literature and Arts of Japan 1333-1868 in Translation
          • JAPN 240 Literature and Society of Modern Japan in Translation
          • JAPN 242 Japanese Poetry in Translation
          • JAPN 243 The Other in Modern Japanese Literature and Society in Translation
          • JAPN 343 Advanced Japanese Through Fiction and Film
          • JAPN 344 Advanced Writing:  Contemporary Prose
          • JAPN 345 Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Literature: The Short Story
          • JAPN 346 Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Literature: Poetry and Drama
          • JAPN 347 Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Prose: Newspapers
          • JAPN 348 Advanced Japanese Conversation and Composition
          • JAPN 349 Advanced Readings in Contemporary Japanese Prose
          • JAPN 351 Advanced Japanese through Documentary Film
          • JAPN 352 Advanced Japanese through Manga & Contemporary Materials
          • MUSC 182J Chinese Musical Instruments (Juried)
          • MUSC 182 Chinese Musical Instruments
          • MUSC 282 Chinese Musical Instruments
        • Humanistic inquiry:
          • HIST 100 The Chinese Cultural Revolution 1966 - 1976
          • HIST 110 Chinese Revolution of 1949
          • HIST 151 Modern Japan
          • HIST 152 History of Early China
          • HIST 153 History of Modern China
          • HIST 200 The Zen of Asian and Western Woodworking
          • HIST 252 China and Its Neighbors, ca. 1200-1800
          • HIST 253: Bureaucracy, Law, and Religion in East Asia
          • HIST 254 Colonialism in East Asia
          • HIST 255 Print Culture and Nationalism in East Asia
          • HIST 353 Intellectuals and the State Power in East Asia
          • RELG 151 Religions in Chinese Culture
          • RELG 152 Religions in Japanese Culture
          • RELG 250 Buddhism and Ecology
          • RELG 253 Tibetan Buddhism
          • RELG 254 Zen Buddhism
          • RELG 255 Social Engagement in Asian Religions
          • RELG 258 Women and Buddhism
          • RELG 268 Encountering Islam: Dialogue and Difference
          • RELG 350 Emptiness
          • RELG 358 Zen, Nationalism & Orientalism
        • Social inquiry:
          • ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development
          • ECON 241 Growth and Development
          • LING 285 Linguistics Seminar:  The Linguistics of the Japanese Writing System
          • LING 286 Linguistics Seminar:  The Structure of Japanese
          • POSC 170 International Relations and World Politics
          • POSC 237 Southeast Asian Politics
          • POSC 239 The Diplomat’s Craft: Three Case Studies
          • POSC 241 Ethnic Conflict
          • POSC 253 Marxist Political Thought
          • POSC 326 America’s China Policy
          • POSC 329 Vietnam and American Policy *
          • POSC 345 Guerillas, Warlords and Bandits: The Art of Asymmetric War *
          • SOAN 284 Anthropology of China
          • SOAN 286 Anthropology of East Asia
      • SOUTH ASIA:
      • Artistic/Literary analysis
        • ARTH 164 Buddhist Art
        • MUSC 180J Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music
        • MUSC 180 Raga:  Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music
        • MUSC 181 Sitar
        • MUSC 248 Music of India
        • MUSC 280 Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music
        • MUSC 281 Sitar
      • Humanistic inquiry:
        • CCST 210 Global/Local Perspectives
        • ENGL 245 Bollywood Nation
        • ENGL 250 Modern Indian Fiction
        • ENGL 251 Contemporary Indian Fiction
        • HIST 161 History of Modern India
        • HIST 167 History of Modern South Asia
        • HIST 259 Women in South Asia: Histories, Narratives and Representation
        • HIST 262 Post-Colonial South Asia, 1947-present
        • HIST 266 History of Islam in India
        • RELG 122 Muhammad and the Qur'an: Introduction to Islam
        • RELG 150 Religions of South Asia
        • RELG 163 The Qur'an
        • RELG 251 Theravada Buddhism (not offered in 2012-2013)
        • RELG 252 Mahabharata: The Hindu Book of Peace and War
        • RELG 253 Tibetan Buddhism
        • RELG 257 Buddha
        • RELG 258 Women and Buddhism
        • RELG 259 Visual Cultures of South Asia
        • RELG 259 Gandhi
        • RELG 261 Beyond Hindu and Muslim: The Lives of Indian Saints
        • RELG 264 Islamic Politics
        • RELG 265 Religion and Violence: Hindus, Muslims, Jews
        • RELG 288 Women and Religion: India and Abroad
        • RELG 350 Emptiness
      • Social inquiry:
        • ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development
        • ECON 241 Growth and Development
        • POSC 170 International Relations and World Politics
        • POSC 237 Southeast Asian Politics
        • POSC 241 Ethnic Conflict
        • POSC 247 Comparative Nationalism
        • SOAN 157 Culture and Politics in India
        • SOAN 257 Culture and Politics in India
        • SOAN 261 Imagining Indonesia: Pluralism and Unity
       
      • CENTRAL ASIA:
      • Artistic/Literary analysis:
        • ARTH 155 Islamic Art and Architecture
      • Humanistic inquiry:
        • HIST 254 Colonialism in East Asia
        • HIST 265 Central Asia in the Modern Age
        • HIST 360 Muslims and Modernity
        • RELG 122 Muhammad and the Qur'an: Introduction to Islam
        • RELG 253 Tibetan Buddhism
        • RELG 263 Sufism
      • Social inquiry:
        • ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development
        • ECON 241 Growth and Development
        • SOAN 284 Anthropology of China
    • V) One year of study of an appropriate Asian language, or its equivalent.
      • For languages offered at Carleton, this will involve completion of a language through 103, or its equivalent. For languages not offered at Carleton — which may be studied through off-campus programs, summer study, or special arrangement at Carleton — it will involve completion of the equivalent of 103. Language (as opposed to literature) courses below 228 may not be applied to the major. Applicable courses:
        • CHIN 101, 102, 103 Elementary Chinese
        • CHIN 204, 205 Intermediate Chinese
        • CHIN 206 Chinese in Cultural Context
        • CHIN 207 Tianjin Program: Intermediate Chinese Language
        • JAPN 101, 102, 103 Elementary Japanese
        • JAPN 204, 205, 206 Intermediate Japanese
      • Languages available at Carleton through special arrangement may include: Uzbek (A. Khalid); Sanskrit, Pali, and Classical Tibetan (R. Jackson).
    • VI) Normally, at least one term of off-campus study in Asia.
      • Students interested in studying in Asia may apply to one of a number of overseas programs. Carleton cooperates with several other colleges to sponsor the Associated Kyoto Program, which takes 50 students and seven faculty members to Japan for an academic year. Carleton also participates in a one-year program at Waseda University sponsored by ACM the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). The ACM Program in India consists of five months' stay in Pune, where students study Marathi, take academic courses centered on India, and investigate an independent study topic. The program in Hong Kong at the Chinese University, also for students from ACM institutions, normally lasts one year, though a semester-long program is also possible. The Carleton Seminar in Tianjin is a Chinese language and culture program at Nankai University. Students take courses in Chinese languages, civilization and society and culture including art, Taichi and other martial arts. Carleton, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Grinnell, Holy Cross, Macalester, Swarthmore and Whittier jointly sponsor the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program (ISLE), in which students and a faculty member study at the University of Peradeniya near Kandy, the old capital in the middle of the island. A biennial program emphasizing Political Economy was begun in 1990, in Beijing, China while a biennial program in Tianjin, China focuses on language and culture.  Opportunities to study in Asia also are available through a variety of non-Carleton programs.
      • Courses taken on off-campus programs may be applied to the major. Because of the paucity of Carleton courses in South Asian languages or on many aspects of Central Asia, off-campus programs generally form an important component of the major for those who focus in those two Asian regions.