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Undergraduate Majors

Undergraduates with an interest in Asia matriculating in 2014 and later may pursue a major in Asian Studies, as well as minors in Chinese Language or Japanese Language.



Asian Studies Major

The major in Asian Studies is designed so that students may pursue their particular areas of interest within the Asian Studies program offerings. The major consists of ten courses; students may fulfill these course requirements with courses taken for either three or four credits.
Specific measurable learning outcomes of students graduating with a major in Asian Studies.

  1. Possess at least an elementary proficiency in Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, or Vietnamese.
  2. Possess at least a basic understanding of the historical, social, and cultural background of at least two out of the three-targeted countries (China, Japan, and Vietnam).
  3. Able to locate, evaluate and utilize research materials germane to Asian studies.
  4. Able to analyze and interpret specific issues and to develop arguments for research papers related to Asia.

 

Requirements

  • 2 courses in an Asian language (students who demonstrate proficiency in an Asian language may substitute other Asian Studies courses).  
  • Language Courses taken in fulfillment of the foreign language requirement may not count toward a major.  
  • 8 additional courses within Asian Studies.

 a) Students should take at least one of the following gateway content courses that either introduce them to Asian Studies (ASTA 1800 core course) or expose them to the major disciplinary concerns of various fields of study that focus on Asia. Here is a current listing of the relevant courses:
            ASTA 1800 Introduction to Asian Studies
            ASTA 3000 Chinese Literature in Translation
            ASTA 3180 People of South Asia
            ASTA 3510 Pre-Modern Japanese Culture
            ASTA 3520 Modern Japanese Culture
            ASTA 3540 Anime, Japan, and Globalization
            ASTA 3810 Modern Chinese Literature and Society
            ASTA 3910 Special Offerings in Asian Studies
            ASTA 3920 Special Offerings in Asian Studies
            ANTH 3030 Contemporary Chinese Society
            ANTH 3080 East Asia
            ANTH 3160 Peoples of the Pacific
            ANTH 3180 Ethnic China
            ANTH 3370 Locating Southeast Asia
            ANTH 3770 Global Vietnam
            ECON 3740 Asian Pacific Economic Development
            HISC 2010 History of China, Prehistory to 1800
            HISC 2020 History of China, 1800 to Present
            HISC 2910 Special Topics in Asian Studies
            HISC 3910 Special Topics in Asian Studies
            PHIL 3500 Buddhism
            POLC 3380 Asian Governments
            POLI 3660 The Rise of China
            THEA 3030 Suzuki Method of Acting
            SOCI 1460 Contemporary Asian Communities

b) Students will take at least one advanced content course in Asian Studies. This can be either a 4000-level course or a 6000-level seminar. Here is a current listing of the relevant Asian Studies courses:
     4000-level:
            ASTA 4500 Special Topics in Japanese Literature
            COMM 4330 Global Media, Politics, and Culture: Globalization and Malaysian Film
            HISC 4910 Special Topics in Asian Studies
            POLC 4350 Chinese Politics
            POLT 4870 Asian Political Thought

      6000-level:           
            ASTJ 6070 Languages and Linguistics of Japan
            ANTH 6070 Contemporary Chinese Society
            ANTH 6180 Ethnic China
            HISC 6210 The PRC: China under Communism
            HISC 6310 China in Revolution, 1900-1949
            HISC 6410 Empire and Rebellion in China
            HISC 6510 Imperialism in East Asia
            HISC 6610 Seminar on Modern Japan
            HISC 6910 Special Topics in Asian History
            POLC 6930 Regime Change in Asia

c) Students need to complete a writing-intensive practicum, either by taking a 4000-level or 6000-level course with a writing-intensive section or by completing ASTA 5100-01 Asian Studies Senior Colloquium.

d) Students need to complete a capstone requirement by

  • writing a senior thesis
  • enrolling in ASTA 5100-01 Asian Studies Senior Colloquium

 No more than 7 of the 10 required courses may focus on a same country or its language.

Please note that if students have another major apart from Asian Studies, students must have at least 18 separate courses in the two majors. That is, if you make a list of all the courses that are used to complete your major requirements in the two majors, and then count each course once, even if it appears on both lists, there should be at least 18 courses. If a third major is added, there must be a total of 27 separate courses for the three majors; for 4 majors, there must be at least 36 separate courses, etc.

 

China Studies within the Asian Studies Program

Students selecting to pursue the China track within the Asian Studies major must complete five Chinese-related classes as part of the overall requirements for the major. At least two Chinese language classes must be included within the five required track courses. However, students who use Chinese language classes to fulfill the Newcomb-Tulane language proficiency requirement may elect to take five non-language courses to fulfill the track requirements. At least two of these courses must be at or beyond the 3000-level. No more than five Chinese language courses may be applied to the China track requirements. In addition, at least half of the required credits must be taken on the Tulane campus or through a Tulane approved off-campus program. In the case of special topics courses, only China-related topics will be considered and pre-approval is required from the Director of Asian Studies.
Specific measurable learning outcomes of students graduating with a major in Asian Studies with a concentration in the China track.

  1. Possess at least an elementary proficiency in Chinese.
  2. Possess at least a basic understanding of the historical, social, and cultural background of China.
  3. Able to locate, evaluate and utilize research materials germane to Chinese studies.

Japan Studies within the Asian Studies Program

Students selecting to pursue the Japan track within the Asian Studies major must complete five Japanese-related classes as part of the overall requirements for the major. At least two Japanese language classes must be included within the five required track courses. However, students who use Japanese language classes to fulfill the Newcomb-Tulane language proficiency requirement may elect to take five non-language courses to fulfill the track requirements. At least two of these courses must be at or beyond the 3000-level. No more than five Japanese language courses may be applied to the Japan track requirements. In addition, at least half of the required credits must be taken on the Tulane campus or through a Tulane approved off-campus program. In the case of special topics courses, only Japan-related topics will be considered and pre-approval is required from the Director of Asian Studies.
Specific measurable learning outcomes of students graduating with a major in Asian Studies with a concentration in the Japan track.

  1. Possess at least an elementary proficiency in Japanese.
  2. Possess at least a basic understanding of the historical, social, and cultural background of Japan.
  3. Able to locate, evaluate and utilize research materials germane to Japanese studies.

Asian Studies Minors

Minor in Chinese Language

Students selecting a minor in Chinese Language must complete six Chinese language courses. Chinese language courses used to fulfill the undergraduate language proficiency requirement may not be counted toward this minor. (Note: students who use Chinese language courses to satisfy the undergraduate language proficiency requirement may not find sufficient additional Chinese language courses available to complete the minor.)

Minor in Japanese Language

Students selecting a minor in Japanese Language must complete six Japanese language courses. Japanese language courses used to fulfill the undergraduate language proficiency requirement may not be counted toward this minor. (Note: students who use Japanese language courses to satisfy the undergraduate language proficiency requirement may not find sufficient additional Japanese language courses available to complete the minor.)

Chinese Language Courses
ASTC 1010 Beginning Chinese I
ASTC 1020 Beginning Chinese II
ASTC 2030 Intermediate Chinese I
ASTC 2040 Intermediate Chinese II
ASTC 3010 Chinese Conversation and Composition I
ASTC 3020 Chinese Conversation and Composition II
ASTC 3050 (same as ASTA 3050) Advanced Chinese I
ASTC 3060 (same as ASTA 3060) Advanced Chinese II
ASTC 3511 Introduction to Chinese Linguistics
ASTC 4070 Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing

Japanese Language Courses
ASTJ 1010 Elementary Japanese I
ASTJ 1020 Elementary Japanese II
ASTJ 2030 Intermediate Japanese I
ASTJ 2040 Intermediate Japanese II
ASTJ 3050 Advanced Japanese I: Speaking and Listening
ASTJ 3060 Advanced Japanese II: Speaking and Listening
ASTJ 6070 Languages and Linguistics of Japan

Tulane University, Richard Marksbury, Asian Studies, 125 Gibson, New Orleans LA 70118 504-865-5555 rmarksby@tulane.edu