6: College of Arts and Sciences

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Program in Asian Studies

Course Descriptions

Overview   The growth of interaction among the Pacific Rim nations has been accompanied by an increase in the study of the countries of East and South Asia. Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program which studies the countries and peoples of East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia in the areas of culture, history, language, literature, politics, economics, international relations, philosophy, and religion. Courses offered in the disciplines of anthropology, art history, government and foreign affairs, history, languages, literatures, religious studies, women's studies, and sociology allow students to design a major to meet their own personal needs and interests.

In addition to the departments mentioned above, some courses on Asia may also be found in the Schools of Architecture, Commerce, Graduate Business, Law, Medicine, and Nursing. Language courses are available in Chinese, Japanese, Hindu, Urdu, Sanskrit, and Tibetan.

Faculty   The faculty of the Program in Asian Studies are recognized scholars and teachers with international reputations in their fields. Many hold positions in regional, national and international organizations in Asian studies. The faculty have well-deserved reputations as dedicated teachers who make themselves easily accessible to their students.

Students   There are 40-50 students majoring in Asian studies, with an average of 20 students graduating each year. A significant percentage of students pursue graduate degrees upon graduation, with a substantial number following careers in government, art, international banking and business, communications, the Peace Corps, teaching abroad, and business management in Asia.

Special Resources
Arts and Sciences Center for Instructional Technologies   This facility is used extensively to help students in language and culture courses, and offers a wide variety of materials to supplement classroom work, including interactive software.

Study Abroad   Students in the Asian studies program are going abroad in increasing numbers. The East Asia Center, through the East Asia Travel Fund, offers support to students traveling to programs abroad and scholarships for students participating in the summer China Culture Institutes. The South Asia Center also offers graduate language and area fellowships.

Computer Facilities   There is currently under renovation, a micro-computer lab for use by students of Chinese, with facilities planned for other languages in the near future.

Requirements for Major   The Committee on Asian Studies offers an interdisciplinary program which provides a broad and balanced understanding of the basic institutions and problems of Asia. The committee's cooperating departments are anthropology, architecture, art history, language and literature, government and foreign affairs, history, religious studies, and sociology. There are two primary fields of concentration: East Asia (China and Japan) and South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet). A prospective major must have completed a minimum of three credits in the Asian fields with a major GPA and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Early enrollment in basic Asian language and history courses is encouraged.

The student's individual major, planned in consultation with a program advisor, must include (a) 36 credits, 21 of which must focus on one country or geographical area as defined above. Before embarking on a major in a particular area, students should consult with the program director concerning availability of courses and appropriate substitutes. 15 of the 36 credits are elective courses on Asia; (b) proficiency at the 202 level in one Asian language. Only courses numbered 201 and above may count toward the major; (c) a maximum of 15 transfer credits may count toward the major.

Requirements for Minor   A minor program in Asian studies consists of at least 18 credits in the Asian field, with no fewer than nine credits and no more than twelve credits in one of the cooperating areas. Students planning to minor in Asian studies should register with the Undergraduate Director of the Committee on Asian Studies.

Additional Information   For more information, contact Gilbert W. Roy, Director of Asian Studies, B027 Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22903; (804) 982-2304.

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