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The Asian Studies minor includes the intellectual, political, cultural and artistic history and culture of the diverse variety of traditions collectively referred to as "Asian." As an interdisciplinary program, the minor seeks to draw on the wide array of resources available at Curry College for the pursuit of an understanding and appreciation of Asian contributions to history and culture - both its own and the more global culture of the twenty-first century.
Curry's Asian course offerings focus primarily on East and South Asia. Students may obtain a minor in Asian Studies in conjunction with any major offered at the College, although it may be particularly attractive for majors in Philosophy, English, Business Management, and Politics & History.
Requirements for the Asian Studies Minor:
- PHIL/REL 2030 - Eastern Religion and Philosophy - 3
- AS 3900 - Capstone Thesis - 3
Choose three of the following electives*: 9
- CHIN 1010 - Elementary Chinese I (Mandarin)
- CHIN 1020 - Elementary Chinese II (Mandarin)
- MATH 1170 - East Asian Mathematics
- MUS/REL 2100 - Traditions of Sacred Sound
- NSG 3002** - Contemporary Topics in Nursing
- PHIL 2035 - Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
- PHIL 3035 - Modern Chinese Philosophy
- P&H 2120 - China: Tradition and Change
- SOC 2085** - World Cultures
Total credits 15
*Electives must be taken in at least two different disciplines.
**These courses count toward the minor only when their 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 (PHIL/REL 2030), 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 Catalogue. 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.