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Architecture (133)

  • 412 Non-Western and Indigenous Architecture (3)Building responsive to climate, material availability, and economic level, as designed by anonymous builders. Examples from prehistoric times to the present including the fertile crescent; the Indus Valley; Hindu, Buddhist, and Mughal architecture of India, China, and Japan.

Art History (139)

  • 183 Asian Art (3)
    Selected works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other forms in India, China, Japan, and to a lesser extent Korea and Southeast Asia from antiquity through the 19th century.
  • 187 Honors: Asian Art (3)
    Consent of instructor required. Selected works of painting, sculpture, architecture and other forms in India, China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia, from antiquity through the 19th century. Study grounded in reading, writing, and discussion. Writing-emphasis course.
  • 411 Art of South and Southeast Asia (3)
    A survey of the art and architecture of the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia from 2000 BCE to the 20th century. The major achievements of each period are examined in relation to their religious, political, and social contexts. Writing-emphasis course.
  • 415 Art of China (3)
    A survey of the art and architecture of China from the Neolithic period to the 20th century. The major achievements of each period are examined in relation to their religious, political, and social contexts. Writing-emphasis course.
  • 416 Chinese Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries (3)
    Survey of Chinese art from the late nineteenth century through the present. Hong Kong, Taiwanese, and expatriate artists are also considered. Writing-emphasis course.
  • 419 Art of Japan (3)
    A survey of the art and architecture of Japan from the Neolithic period to the 20th century. The major achievements of each period are examined in relation to their religious, political, and social contexts. Writing-emphasis course.

Asian Languages (144)

  • 131-132 Elementary Chinese I, II (5,5) Must be taken in sequence. F, Sp
  • 151-152 Elementary Japanese I, II (5,5) Must be taken in sequence. F, Sp
  • 121-122 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I, II (4.4) Taped language program in Literary Arabic, language of the press, broadcasting, literature and formal situations Must be taken in sequence. Enrollment by permission of instructor.
  • 141-142 Elementary Modern Hebrew I, II (4,4) Taped language program. Must be taken in sequence. Enrollment by permission of instructor.
  • 161-162 Elementary Persian (4,4) Taped language program. Must be taken in sequence. Enrollment by permission of instructor.
  • 199 Chinese and Japanese Language and World Business (2) Examines the importance of foreign trade at the local, state, and national levels. Interdisciplinary faculty from the Colleges of Business Administration and Arts and Sciences provide an overview of the value of language study and international cultural awareness in the program in Language and World Business. See Director for further information. F
  • 221-222 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I, II (4,4) Taped language program in Literary Arabic, language of the press, broadcasting, literature and formal situations Must be taken in sequence. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Prereq: 121-122 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
  • 231-232 Intermediate Chinese I, II (5,5) Prereq: 131-132 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Must be taken in sequence.
  • 241-242 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I, II (4,4) Taped language program. Prereq: 141-142 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Must be taken in sequence.
  • 251-252 Intermediate Japanese I, II (5,5) Prereq: 151-152 or consent of instructor. Must be taken in sequence. F, Sp
  • 261-262 Intermediate Persian (4,4) Taped language program. Prereq: 161-162 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Must be taken in sequence.
  • 311-312 Chinese Literature in English Translation (3,3) 311-Classical literature. 312-Vernacular and modern literature. Writing-emphasis course.
  • 313-314 Japanese Literature in English Translation (3,3) 313-Classical/traditional: masterpieces of poetry, fiction, and drama to 1800. 314-Modern: masterpieces of fiction since 1800. Writing-emphasis course.
  • 321 Japanese Graphic Novels and Animation (3) Reading and analysis of major contemporary Japanese graphic novels with special attention to related works of film and television animation. All readings are in
    English translation. Writing-emphasis course. (Same as Japanese 321.)
  • 331-332 Advanced Chinese I, II (4,4) Prereq: 231-232 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Must be taken in sequence.
  • 351-352 Advanced Japanese I, II (4,4) Includes conversation, drill, and composition practice with native speaker as well as reading and translation. Prereq: 251-252. Must be taken in sequence.
  • 413 Topics in Japanese Literature (3) In English with readings in Japanese for minors. Writing-emphasis course. (Same as Japanese 413.) Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 15 hours.
  • 431 Readings in Chinese Literature (3) Prereq: Mastery of intermediate-level of Chinese or consent of instructor. May be repeated. Maximum 9 hours.
  • 451 Readings in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature (3) (Same as Japanese 451.) (RE) Prerequisite(s): 252.
  • 452 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (3) (Same as Japanese 452.) (RE) Prerequisite(s): 252.
  • 490 Chinese and Japanese Internship (1-15) Career-related experiences in the United States or abroad with permission of the Language and World Business Director. For Language & World Business majors only. Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
  • 491 Chinese and Japanese Foreign Study (1-15)

Asian Studies (145)

  • 101-102 Asian Civilization (3,3) Comparative study of development of religion, social institutions, and high culture in India, China, Japan, and the Islamic world. 101-India and the Islamic World. 102-China and Japan. Writing-emphasis course.
  • 471 Selected Topics in Asian Studies (3) Content varies. May be repeated. Maximum 9 hours.
  • 491 Foreign Study (1-15)
  • 492 Off-Campus Study (1-15)
  • 493 Independent Study (1-15)

Geography (415)

  • 374 Geography of East Asia (3) Physical, cultural and economic characteristics of East Asia. Writing-emphasis course. (Same as Asian Studies 374.

History (462)

  • 369 History of the Middle East (3) Rise and spread of Islamic civilization to the 16th century. Writing-emphasis course. (Same as Judaic Studies 369.)
  • 370 History of the Middle East (3) The Middle East from the 16th century to the present. Impact of the West and background of current problems in the area. Writing-emphasis course. (Same as Judaic Studies 370.)
  • 389 History of China (3) China to 1600. Surveys the history of Chinese society from the Neolithic Revolution to 1600. Governmental structure, social organization, economic and technological developments, religious practices, artistic, intellectual and literary traditions, and cross-cultural exchanges. Writing-emphasis course.
  • 390 History of China (3) China since 1600. Highlights China’s transformation from a dynastic system to a modern nation state and examines the forces, internal and external, driving China toward a major revolution in the 20th century. Writing-emphasis course.
  • 391 Chinese Intellectual History (3) Surveys the history of intellectual traditions in China through the present. Examines the formation and transformation of cultural values, the social and political roles of intellectuals, and interactions between elite and popular cultural patterns. Writing-emphasis course.
  • 392 History of Japan (3) Japanese history from mythological origins to the postwar age with emphasis on politics and society. Topics include the influence of disease on society, Japanese feudalism, popular culture in the 1700s, the Meiji restoration, and Japanese militarism. Writing-emphasis course. Credit Restriction: Students who have received credit for 365 may not receive credit for 392.
  • 476 Studies in Asian History (3) Particular aspects of Middle Eastern and East Asian history, such as modernization in the Middle East, revolution in China, Japanese Feudalism, and others. Variable content. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 9 hours.
  • 562 Topics in Asian History: China

Political Science (801)

  • 454 Government and Politics of China and Japan (3) Political setting, structure and political processes in China and Japan. Writing-emphasis course.
  • 463 Contemporary Middle East Politics (3) Governments and movements in the Middle East, their characteristics, bases, and interrelationships.

Religious Studies (863)

  • 332 Classical Islam (3) Content limited to events prior to 1773 CE, focussing on the Qur'an, the Prophetic Tradition, Islamic law, Sunnism, Shi'ism, and Sufism. Writing-emphasis course. (Same as Asian Studies 332.)
  • 333 Islam in the Modern World (3) Beginning with the Wahhabi revolution (ca 1773 CE), this course examines movements of revival and reform in modern Islam, as well as worldwide missionary activity and the growth of the Islamic community in the US. Prereq: Religious Studies 332 or consent of instructor. (Same as Asian Studies 333.)
  • 374 Philosophy and Religion in India (3) Survey of the development of the major non-Buddhist themes of philosophical and religious thought in India. (Same as Philosophy 374.) Writing-emphasis course.
  • 376 Buddhist Philosophy and Religion (3) Survey of the origins of Buddhism in India and further development of Buddhist philosophy and religion in India, China, Korea, Japan, the countries of Southeast Asia, and beyond. Writing-emphasis course. (Same as Philosophy 376.)
  • 378 Theravada Buddhism (3)Historical study of the Theravada Buddhist tradition in South and Southeast Asia.  Focus will be on the cult of the Buddha in Theravada Buddhism, the Theravada interpretation of key Buddhist concepts as found in the Pali canon, and the reciprocal relationship between renouncers and lay persons in the tradition.
  • 379 Religion and Philosophy in China (3) Traditional thought and religion of China in its cultural setting as basis for understanding modern China. (Same as Philosophy 379.) Writing-emphasis course.
  • 380 East Asian Buddhism in Asia and North America (3)An overview of the distinctive forms of Buddhism that arose in China, Japan and Korea, as well as an introduction to their offshoots in North America.
  • 382 Religion and Culture in Southeast Asia (3)Historical study of the major religions in Southeast Asia, including indigenous traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.  Focus will be on the historical interplay between religion, culture and society and the expression of these traditions.
  • 383 Religion in Japan (3) Traditional religious heritage and contemporary expressions of religion in Japan with attention to relationships of persons to nature, self-mastery and spontaneity, individual and community and secular to sacred. Writing-emphasis course.
  • 384 Zen Buddhism (3) Historical, philosophical, and meditational aspects of Zen. Special emphasis on motifs of emptiness, no-mind, and enlightenment and on practices of meditation and the use of the koan. Recommended Prereq: One or more of the following: 376, 379, 383.
  • 440 Seminar in Comparative Religion (3) Islamic Spirituality (Sufism), Islamic Fundamentalism (Gwynne); Issues in Buddhism and Taoism (Levering). May be repeated for maximum of 6 hrs.
  • 474 Modern and Contemporary South Asian Religion (3) Religion in India during the Islamic and European colonial periods and in independent India: May include such topics as the development of vernacular forms of Hinduism; Hindu interactions with other religions; the Indian Freedom Movement and Gandhi; Women and tradition; religion, secularism, and politics in independent India; and religion and caste in the new India. Writing-emphasis course. Prereq: Religious Studies 374 or Philosophy 374.