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Asian Studies

 

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Kathy Uno, Program Steering Committee Chair
861 Gladfelter Hall
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kuno@temple.edu

Roman Cybriwsky, Faculty Advisor
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Monte Hull, Faculty Advisor
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Gayle Schooley, Administrator
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Stephanie Morawski, Coordinator
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Asian Studies draws on the resources of many departments to provide a comprehensive program of study on Asia (especially East Asia). Majors may concentrate on a geographic area, field, or theme(s). By combining language with the study of politics, history, society, art, religion, philosophy, and literature, each student can construct a major tailored to individual interests.

Temple's campus in Japan can provide students with experience abroad while taking their coursework. The East West Club offers lectures, films, and career development programs, as well as fun and fellowship through extracurricular activities.

The curriculum gives students a foundation for living or working in Asia, or continuing their studies through developing a knowledge base, cross-cultural sensitivity, analytic thinking, and communication and writing skills in English and an Asian language. After graduation, students find employment in private firms, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions. Some enter graduate programs in law, business, or academic fields, including Asian Studies.

The Asian Studies program will assist students in:

  • understanding the broad foundations of at least one major Asian culture, including the history, culture, and socio-economic-political organization,
  • recognizing the utility of different humanistic and social science disciplines in understanding a culture,
  • understanding the distinction between theory and data and the links between the two components while drawing generalizations from actual social experience,
  • recognizing the way language serves as a foundation of culture,
  • understanding the issues and requirements of cross-cultural communication, and
  • taking more initiative in educating themselves, to make analytical generalizations, to make ethical choices, and to feel confident in these and other exercises of personal responsibility.

 

Summary of Degree Requirements

1. University Requirements:

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. See below for a list of the specific courses required for your major.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including: 90 credits in CLA/CST courses, 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999). For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits must be taken in the Humanities Departments (English, French, German, Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese (only available at our Japan campus), Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish), Art History, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
  • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.

3. Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

  • Third level of a foreign language;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language;
  • A second General Education Global/World Society course;
  • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
  • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page.

4. Major Requirements (30-44 s.h.)

Specifically Required courses:

  • Asian Studies 4096 (offered in spring semester only)

Other Required Courses

  • Completion of the fourth semester of either Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, or equivalent, see * below
  • Two of the following foundation courses: Asian Studies 1801, 2074, 2501, or 2502

Electives in Major

  • One Asian Studies Writing Intensive course (see list below)
  • Six Asian Studies electives from three different subject areas (see list below)

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

 

Requirements for the Major

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Select two foundation courses from the list below. 6  
Asian Studies
Asian Studies
Asian Studies
Asian Studies
1801
2074
2501
2502
Chinese & Japanese Literature in Cultural Context
Geography of East and South Asia
Introduction to East Asia: China
Introduction to East Asia: Japan
   
     
Completion of the fourth semester of a language below*: 3  
Hindi
Chinese
Japanese
Korean
Vietnamese
2002
2002
2002
2002
2002
Hindi Intermediate II
Chinese Intermediate II
Intermediate Japanese II
Korean Intermediate II
Second-Year Vietnamese II
  LC
LC
LC
         
Select one writing-intensive elective from the following list: 3  
Asian Studies 2097 Asian Diaspora   WI
Asian Studies 2098 Japanese Popular Culture and its Literature   WI
Asian Studies 2696 Introduction to Islam   WI
Asian Studies 3696 Asian Women in Transition   WI
Asian Studies 4696 Modern Japan: Empire, War, Society   WI
         
Asian Studies Electives Six electives from three different subject areas. 18  
         
Asian Studies 4096 Seminar in Asian Studies  3 WI
         
Total     30-44  
*The language requirement may also be satisfied by examination of oral/aural and reading
skills in any Asian language approved by the Asian Studies head advisor. 

 

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.

 

Distinction in Asian Studies Major

Asian Studies majors may graduate with distinction in the major if they have a GPA of at least 3.5 in the major and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

 

Requirements for the Minor

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Select two foundation courses from the list below.  May incorporate the study
of South or Southeast Asia, Asian Studies 1051, Asian Studies 1052, if approved
by the Asian Studies advisor.
6  
Asian Studies
Asian Studies
Asian Studies
Asian Studies
1801
2074
2501
2502
Chinese & Japanese Literature in Cultural Context
Geography of East and South Asia
Introduction to East Asia: China
Introduction to East Asia: Japan
   
         
Asian Studies Electives Four electives from three different subject areas. 12  
     
Completion of the second semester of a language below*: 4  
Hindi
Chinese
Japanese
Korean
1002
1002
1002
1002
Hindi Elements II
Chinese Elements II
Japanese Elements II
Korean Elements II
  LC
LC
LC
         
Total    
18-26
 
         
*The language requirement may also be satisfied by examination of oral/aural and reading
skills in any Asian language approved by the Asian Studies head advisor. 

 

Asian Business & Society Certificate

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Two required courses:    
Asian Studies 2001 Practical Asian Society and Culture 3  
International Business Administration
  or
Asian Studies
2501
  or
2511
Fundamentals of Asian Business
          or
Introduction to Asian Business
3  
(International Business Administration 2501 and Asian Studies 2511 are cross-listed)    
     
Select one economics course: 3  
Economics
Economics
International Business Administration
3563
3564
3596
International Trade
International Monetary Economics
Global Strategic Management
 

WI
     
Asian Studies Country Elective (See Academic Advising Center for list of approved
electives.) **
3  
     
Asian Studies Writing Intensive Elective (See Academic Advising Center for list
of approved courses.) **
3 WI
     
Completion of the second semester of a language below*:   4  
Hindi
Chinese
Japanese
Korean
1002
1002
1002
1002
Hindi Elements II
Chinese Elements II
Japanese Elements II
Korean Elements II
  LC
LC
LC
         
Total    
15-23
 

 

* The language requirement may also be satisfied by examination of oral/aural and reading skills in any Asian language approved by the Asian Studies head advisor.

** The country of the Asian Studies Country Elective and the Asian Studies Writing-Intensive Elective must match the country of the language studied. For example, if the language requirement is met with Chinese, then courses on China must be chosen for both the Country and Writing-Intensive Electives.

 

Asian American Studies - Minor

This interdisciplinary minor focuses on Asian American history, culture, and contemporary issues as well as their Asian roots and American context. The Asian American Minor is six courses (18 s.h.), four in Asian American Studies, one in American Studies, and one Asian Studies course under an Asian Studies or cross-listed number, as distributed below. In lieu of taking regular academic courses, students can earn credits through fieldwork and independent study under a professor's guidance. This minor is a useful credential for majors in education, journalism and communication, social administration, health science, social science, humanities, history, pre-law studies, and business fields such as personnel and marketing.

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Select four Asian American courses listed or cross-listed in American Studies. 12  
American Studies 2107 Asian American Experiences    
American Studies 1901 Honors American Lives    
American Studies 3074 Introduction to Asian American Literature    
American Studies 2096 Asian Diaspora   WI
American Studies 2097 Asian Women in Transition   WI
 
Select one American Studies course on race or ethnicity
(or an alternative approved by an Asian Studies faculty advisor).
3  
American Studies 2071 Immigrant Experiences in America    
American Studies 2072 Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia    
American Studies 3071 African American Experiences    
American Studies 3101 Latino Identity in the U.S.    
Italian 4161 Italian American Literature & Culture    
 
Select one Asian Studies course under an Asian Studies or cross-listed number. 
Advisors can help choose from a list of over 60 courses.
3  
         
Total    
18
 

 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

 

 
Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Hindi, Chinese,
Japanese, Korean
or Vietnamese
1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Hindi, Chinese,
Japanese, Korean
or Vietnamese
1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Diversity and Race 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Asian Studies 1801, 2074, 2501, or 2502
One Asian Studies Foundation Course 3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Hindi, Chinese,
Japanese, Korean
or Vietnamese
 2001 Foreign Language (third level)
3 LC
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Asian Studies 1801, 2074, 2501, or 2502
One Asian Studies Foundation Course 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
Asian Studies 1000-4999 One Elective From One of Three
Different Subject Areas: To Be
Determined With Asian Studies Advisor
3  
Hindi, Chinese,
Japanese, Korean
or Vietnamese
2002 Foreign Language (fourth level) 3 LC
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Asian Studies 1000-4999 One Elective From One of Three
Different Subject Areas: To Be
Determined With Asian Studies Advisor
3  
Asian Studies 1000-4999 One Elective From One of Three
Different Subject Areas: To Be
Determined With Asian Studies Advisor
3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Asian Studies 1000-4999 One Elective From One of Three
Different Subject Areas: To Be
Determined With Asian Studies Advisor
3  
Asian Studies 2097, 2098, 2696,
3696, or 4696
One Asian Studies Writing-Intensive Course 3 WI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Asian Studies 1000-4999 One Elective From One of Three
Different Subject Areas: To Be
Determined With Asian Studies Advisor
3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Asian Studies 1000-4999 One Elective From One of Three
Different Subject Areas: To Be
Determined With Asian Studies Advisor
3  
Asian Studies 4096 Seminar in Asian Studies 3 WI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  

 

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