Asian Studies courses

ASTA 1460 Contemporary Asian Communities
Contemporary Asian Communities
This course provides a sociological introduction to America's rapidly growing Asian American populations and to the major issues facing these populations.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 1800 Introduction to Asian Studies
Introduction to Asian Studies
This course is designed to provide a general introduction to the field of Asian Studies and to familiarize students with its primary regions: East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Each of these regions is complex, rich in history and diverse cultures, and important in the global community. Introduction to Asian Studies provides students with a framework with which they can understand each major area in terms of aesthetic expression, cultural and linguistic groups, economics, geography, history, politics, philosophy, and religion.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 3000 Chinese Literature in Translation
Chinese Literature in Translation
This course provides an overview of Chinese literature from its beginnings in early Chinese history to the present.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 3050 Advanced Chinese Language I
Advanced Chinese Language I
First semester advanced instruction in the Chinese language, including conversation, reading, and writing.
Pre-requistites: Completion of the first two years of Chinese instruction, or equivalent, plus permission of instructor.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 3060 Advanced Chinese Language II
Advanced Chinese Language II
Second semester advanced instruction in the Chinese language, including conversation, reading, and writing.
Pre-requistites: Completion of first semester advanced Chinese, or equivalent, plus permission of instructor.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 3180 Peoples of South Asia
Peoples of South Asia
A survey of the peoples and cultures of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sikkim, and Sri Lanka. Emphasis is placed upon the social organization and cultural history of the diverse peoples who have inhabited the Indian Triangle.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 3210 Samurai Culture in Premodern Japan
Samurai Culture in Premodern Japan
The samurai has, together with the geisha, been an often-used stock image of idealized Japaneseness. This intermediate level lecture course undertakes to recover historical realities and assess the shifting profile of warrior rule over Japan's premodern past. Besides translations of textual sources, items of art and material culture sponsored by or referring to samurai will be at the basis of class discussions.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 3510 Pre-modern Japanese Culture
Pre-modern Japanese Culture
An examination of the culture and society of Japan before the modern era.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 3520 Modern Japanese Culture
Modern Japanese Culture
Study of contemporary Japanese culture and society.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 3540 Anime, Japan and Globalization
Anime, Japan and Globalization
This course will engage the interdisciplinary field of anime, globalization, and cultural policy studies to better understand the broader relationship between popular media, culture and politics. We will engage with select anime texts and articles to better understand how anime has developed into a global medium, and further analyze these texts through readings that deal with Japan's postwar development. Students will develop a better understanding of the history of Japanese anime as well as the global market flows that influenced the current development of anime into a massive international phenomenon. 
credit hours: 3

ASTA 3550 Shogun and Samurai
Shogun and Samurai
Shogun & Samurai examines Japanese culture, history, and society from the dawn of the Samurai class until its demise in the last half of the nineteenth century. During this period, Japan evolved from a highly warlike society to one in which peace prevailed for more than 250 years. Topics to be covered include geography, prehistory, class/caste development, religion, warfare, urban development, theatre, fine arts, social control, and western contact.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 3810 Modern Chinese Literature and Society
Modern Chinese Literature and Society
This course is a general introduction to the modern Chinese fiction, poetry, and prose from the early twentieth century to the present.  
credit hours: 3

ASTA 3910 Special Offerings in Asian Studies
Special Offerings in Asian Studies
Courses offered by visiting professors.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 3920 Special Offerings in Asian Studies
Special Offerings in Asian Studies
Courses offered by visiting professors.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 4500 Special Topics in Japanese Literature
Special Topics in Japanese Literature
credit hours: 3

ASTA 5100 Senior Colloquium in Asian Studies
Senior Colloquium in Asian Studies
Prof. Dimitrov. Pre-requisite: Senior Asian Studies major status. The Senior Colloquium affords graduating seniors an opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge they have acquired through their Asian Studies coursework by engaging in a theoretically rigorous reflection of the major issues confronting scholars doing research on contemporary Asia and by producing either a substantial piece of writing or a creative work related to Asian Studies. In addition to these classroom activities, students apply the skills and knowledge they acquired in the classroom to the analysis and understanding of real world Asian Studies events occurring outside of the classroom. This aspect of the course is an experiential independent study inn which students attend three events relating to the field of Asian Studies and analyze their experiences in the context of knowledge gained in Asian Studies courses. Capstone Course.
Pre-requistites: Senior Asian Studies Major Status
credit hours: 3

ASTA 6210 The PRC: China under Communism
The PRC: China under Communism
In 1949, as Mao Zedong declared the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese people were once again under a united government, ending decades of civil strife and foreign aggression. Yet the year 1949 represented only the military victory of the CCP, and in the following decades the new rulers of China would attempt to recreate state and society on a previously unimaginable scale. This course explores the dramatic years following the establishment of the PRC and follows the mass campaigns and political upheavals that marked Chinese history under the rule of the Communist Party. Attention will be given to both mass movements in the countryside and events that largely affected urban dwellers and intellectuals. Overall, this course aims at understanding the large-scale structural changes of the revolutionary era of 1949 to 1976 and its aftermath, as well as what these changes meant for the lives of individual Chinese citizens.
credit hours: 3

ASTA 6930 Regime Change in Asia
Regime Change in Asia
credit hours: 3

ASTA H4910 Independent Studies
Independent Studies
credit hours: 3

ASTA H4920 Independent Studies
Independent Studies
credit hours: 3

ASTA H4990 Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
credit hours: 3

ASTA H5000 Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
credit hours: 3