Requirements for the Asian Studies Minor:
||Eastern Religion and Philosophy
Choose three of the following electives*: 9
||Elementary Chinese I (Mandarin)
||Elementary Chinese II (Mandarin)
||East Asian Mathematics
||Introduction to Buddhism
||Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
||China: Tradition and Change
Total credits: 15
*Electives must be taken in at least two different disciplines.
**This course counts toward the minor only when its content is largely Asian.
Description of Requirements for the Minor:
Note: because this is an interdisciplinary minor, students are referred to the relevant departmental entries for any courses included in the major. The only exception to this is the Capstone course, which is detailed below.
The core course for the Minor, Eastern Religion and Philosophy (PRS 2150), is a general introduction to Asian cultures via their religious and philosophical traditions. These traditions continue to provide the intellectual and practical grounding for Asian cultures, even when they have been deliberately suppressed. Attending to these fundamental differences in worldviews provides students in the Western world with their best preparation for further study in Asian traditions. Whenever possible, this course will be taught by the Asian Studies Coordinator, in order to provide both consistency and first-hand direction for the Minor.
Electives for the Minor will be left open to any courses approved by Asian Studies Committee, which will be continuously updated and published in the Course Catalog. Students in the Minor will be required to select their electives from among at least two different disciplines in order to maintain the inter-disciplinary nature of the minor.
For the required Capstone course (AS 3900), students will either enroll for one semester at a cooperating college in Asia or participate in the recurrent Curry College trips to China, and will submit a thesis on their work there as it relates to their broader program of study at the College. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Coordinator for students who are unable-for financial or other reasons-to study abroad or attend one of the annual trips; alternate arrangements will typically entail an extensive research paper that gives expression to their particular focus of study within the Minor. AS 3900 is the only course that will bear a specific Asian Studies course designation; all other associated courses will maintain their original course listings.