A total of 66 credits:

I. 18 credits in a disciplinarybased department: Art History, Asian Languages, History, Political Science/International Relations, Religion, and Sociology and Anthropology which must include:

  • at least 12 credits in courses related to Asia
  • 6 credits in an appropriate methodology course:
    • ARTH 298 Seminar for Art History Majors
    • CAMS 330 Cinema Studies Seminar
    • HIST 298 Junior Colloquium
    • LCST 245 The Critical Toolbox: Who’s Afraid of Theory?
    • 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:

  • at least 6 credits in each of three distribution areas: Literary/Artistic Analysis, Humanistic Inquiry, and Social Inquiry
  • a maximum of 18 credits at the 100 level
  • 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 advisers for the project. The first draft of the exercise is due by the end of the ninth week of winter term, and a final draft by the end of 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: 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:

  • at least 48 credits (exclusive of the Senior Integrative Exercise) related to one’s focal region
  • 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:

  • ARTH 164 Buddhist Art (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ARTH 165 Japanese Art and Culture
  • ARTH 166 Chinese Art and Culture (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ARTH 209 Chinese Painting
  • ARTH 220 The Origins of Manga: Japanese Prints (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ARTH 266 Arts of the Japanese Tea Ceremony (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ARTH 267 Gardens in China and Japan (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ARTH 268 Art History in Kyoto Program: History of Gardens and Landscape Architecture in Japan (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ARTH 269 Art History in Kyoto Program: Projects in Japanese Garden Design and History (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ARTH 321 Arts of the Chinese Scholar’s Studio (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ASLN 111 Writing Systems
  • ASLN 260 Historical Linguistics (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ASST 284 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: History and Culture of Japan
  • CHIN 206 Chinese in Cultural Context
  • CHIN 240 Chinese Cinema in Translation (not offered in 2019-20)
  • CHIN 245 Chinese Vision of the Past in Translation (not offered in 2019-20)
  • CHIN 250 Chinese Popular Culture in Translation
  • CHIN 251 Heroes, Heroines, Exceptional Lives in Chinese Biographical Histories (not offered in 2019-20)
  • CHIN 258 Classical Chinese Thought: Wisdom and Advice from Ancient Masters
  • CHIN 347 Advanced Chinese: Reading the News
  • CHIN 348 Advanced Chinese: The Mass Media (not offered in 2019-20)
  • CHIN 349 Advanced Chinese: Social Commentary (not offered in 2019-20)
  • CHIN 355 Contemporary Chinese Short Stories
  • CHIN 360 Classical Chinese
  • CHIN 362 Advanced Chinese: Traditional Culture in Modern Language (not offered in 2019-20)
  • CHIN 363 Conversation and Composition: The Liberal Arts in Chinese (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development
  • ECON 241 Growth and Development
  • HIST 100 Confucius and His Critics
  • HIST 151 History of Modern Japan (not offered in 2019-20)
  • HIST 152 History of Early China
  • HIST 153 History of Modern China (not offered in 2019-20)
  • HIST 156 History of Modern Korea
  • HIST 253 The Cultural Revolution in China (not offered in 2019-20)
  • HIST 254 Colonialism in East Asia (not offered in 2019-20)
  • HIST 255 Rumors, Gossip, and News in East Asia
  • HIST 365 Colonialism in East Asia (not offered in 2019-20)
  • JAPN 206 Japanese in Cultural Context
  • JAPN 231 Japanese Cinema in Translation (not offered in 2019-20)
  • JAPN 244 The World of Anime in Translation
  • JAPN 245 Modern Japanese Literature and Manga in Translation
  • JAPN 345 Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Literature: The Short Story
  • JAPN 347 Advanced Reading in Contemporary Japanese Prose: Newspapers (not offered in 2019-20)
  • JAPN 351 Advanced Japanese through Documentary Film (not offered in 2019-20)
  • JAPN 353 Thinking about Environmental Issues in Japanese
  • MUSC 182 Chinese Musical Instruments
  • MUSC 182J Chinese Musical Instruments (Juried)
  • MUSC 282 Chinese Musical Instruments
  • MUSC 282J Chinese Musical Instruments (Juried)
  • POSC 170 International Relations and World Politics
  • POSC 232 Chinese Foreign Policy
  • POSC 237 Southeast Asian Politics (not offered in 2019-20)
  • POSC 241 Ethnic Conflict
  • POSC 264 Politics of Contemporary China
  • RELG 152 Religions in Japanese Culture (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 153 Introduction to Buddhism
  • RELG 241 Islam in Asia: Lived Traditions and Meaning-Making
  • RELG 254 Zen Buddhism (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 276 Pilgrimage and Sacred Space in Japan Program: Field Studies Sacred Sites (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 279 Pilgrimage and Sacred Space in Japan Program: Pilgrimage & Sacred Space in Japan (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 282 Samurai: Ethics of Death and Loyalty

SOUTH ASIA:

  • ARTH 164 Buddhist Art (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development
  • ECON 241 Growth and Development
  • ENGL 245 Bollywood Nation
  • ENGL 250 Indian Fiction 1880-1980
  • ENGL 251 Contemporary Indian Fiction (not offered in 2019-20)
  • ENGL 252 Caribbean Fiction (not offered in 2019-20)
  • HIST 161 From the Mughals to Mahatma Gandhi: An Introduction to Modern Indian History
  • HIST 259 Women in South Asia: Histories, Narratives, and Representations (not offered in 2019-20)
  • HIST 268 India Program: History, Globalization, and Politics in Modern India (not offered in 2019-20)
  • HIST 270 Nuclear Nations: India and Pakistan as Rival Siblings
  • HIST 359 Women in South Asia: Histories, Narratives, and Representations (not offered in 2019-20)
  • MUSC 180 Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music
  • MUSC 180J Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music
  • MUSC 181 Sitar
  • MUSC 181J Sitar (Juried)
  • MUSC 248 Music of South Asia
  • MUSC 280 Raga: Vocal or Instrumental Study of Hindustani Music
  • MUSC 280J Raga:Voc/Instr Study Hindustani (Juried)
  • MUSC 281 Sitar
  • MUSC 281J Sitar (Juried)
  • POSC 170 International Relations and World Politics
  • POSC 237 Southeast Asian Politics (not offered in 2019-20)
  • POSC 241 Ethnic Conflict
  • POSC 378 Political Economy & Ecology of Southeast Asia: Social Changes in Southeast Asia
  • POSC 379 Political Economy and Ecology of S.E. Asia: Diversity of Social Ecological Systems in Southeast Asia
  • POSC 392 Political Economy & Ecology of Southeast Asia: Field Research Experiences and Methods
  • RELG 122 Introduction to Islam
  • RELG 150 Religions of India (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 153 Introduction to Buddhism
  • RELG 155 Hinduism: An Introduction (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 222 Politics, Medicine, and the Self in Asian Religion (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 237 Yoga: Religion, History, Practice
  • RELG 238 The Sacred Body (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 241 Islam in Asia: Lived Traditions and Meaning-Making
  • RELG 245 Buddha (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 263 Sufism (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 265 Religion and Violence: Hindus, Muslims, Jews (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 289 Global Religions in Minnesota
  • RELG 353 Saints, Goddesses, and Whores (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 362 Spirit Possession
  • SOAN 257 India Program: Culture and Politics in India (not offered in 2019-20)
  • WGST 241 India Program: Gender & Sexuality in India (not offered in 2019-20)
  • WGST 310 Asian Mystiques Demystified (not offered in 2019-20)

CENTRAL ASIA:

  • ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development
  • ECON 241 Growth and Development
  • HIST 254 Colonialism in East Asia (not offered in 2019-20)
  • HIST 265 Central Asia in the Modern Age (not offered in 2019-20)
  • HIST 360 Muslims and Modernity (not offered in 2019-20)
  • RELG 122 Introduction to Islam
  • RELG 153 Introduction to Buddhism
  • RELG 241 Islam in Asia: Lived Traditions and Meaning-Making
  • RELG 263 Sufism (not offered in 2019-20)

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 may not be applied to the major. The following courses do not count towards the 66 credits needed for the Asian Studies major.

Languages available at Carleton through special arrangement may include: Uzbek (Adeeb Khalid), Tamil (Kristin Bloomer).

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 College has several of its own term-long off-campus studies programs. The Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Off-Campus Seminar offers courses in Japanese history and culture in addition to linguistics.  Gardens, Landscape and Built Environment in Japan also brings students to Kyoto where they study gardens and architecture through field study. The Carleton program in Political Economy and Ecology of Southeast Asia provides opportunities for students to learn about social and ecological changes in Thailand, Lao PDR and Myanmar. The Carleton program, India: Globalization and Local Responses, focuses on social structures and institutions in India and the intersections with development, sustainability and gender relations.

Carleton also 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 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. Carleton, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Swarthmore, Grinnell and Holy Cross 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. Opportunities to study in Asia also are available through a variety of non-Carleton programs and non-consortial 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.