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ASN 1001/1002: Japanese I (4 cr.)
An introduction to the Japanese language with an emphasis on the development of oral competence through practical dialogues, drills, and controlled conversation.  The course will cover basic written Japanese, including two kana syllabaries and a small number of Chinese characters. Prerequisite for ASN1002 is ASN1001. (Fall) (Spring)

ASN 1031/1032: Chinese I (4 cr.)
An introduction to the Chinese language with an emphasis on the development of oral competence through practical dialogs, drills and controlled conversation. Prerequisite for ASN1032 is ASN1031. (Fall) (Spring)

ASN 2001/2002: Japanese II (4 cr.)
Enhancement and development of oral skills, with an increased emphasis on written texts.  Prerequisite: Japanese I or equivalent.  (Fall) (Spring)

ASN 2031/2032: Chinese II (4 cr.)
Enhancement and development of skills acquired in Chinese I, with an increased emphasis on written texts.  Prerequisite: Chinese I or equivalent. (Fall) (Spring)

ASN 3001/3002: Japanese III (3 cr.)
Development of reading skills and practical oral communicative competence within a variety of social contexts.  Prerequisites: Japanese II or equivalent.  (Fall) (Spring)

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ASN 1010: Introduction to Asian Studies  (3 cr.)
Introductory course to the study of Chinese and Japanese cultures, providing an overview of the history, literature and religions of China and Japan for the non-major. (Fall)

ASN 1045: Asian Religion (3 cr.)
An introduction to the major religions of India, China and Japan: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto, by means of readings from the primary religious literature of each tradition plus visual evidence on video.  (Spring)

ASN2012: Religions of China (3 cr.)
A survey of the two major indigenous religious traditions of China: Confucianism and Taoism, and the missionary religion from India, Buddhism.  The course will focus on readings from the religious literature of each tradition as well as study of their particular ritual practices. The important influence of Buddhism on Confucianism and Taoism will be examined, as well as the role of popular religions in China's history.  (Fall)

ASN 2015: History of Traditional Japan (3 cr.)
This course surveys the history of Japan from its earliest period until 1800, highlighting its characteristic institutions and traditions.  It includes a study of the major political figures, as well as the everyday material culture, particularly of the Tokugawa period.  Additionally, some of Japan's traditional literature and religions will be examined.  (Fall)

ASN 2017: Introduction to Japanese Literature (3 cr.)
An overview of major writers, forms, themes, and trends of Japanese literature from the introduction of writing to the end of the 19th-century.  Readings include: The Tale of the Genji, court poetry, diaries, and haiku.  No knowledge of Japanese required.  (Fall)

ASN 2018: Modern Japanese Fiction (3 cr.)
This course focuses on short stories and novels by major 20th century Japanese writers, examining such topics as the search for an authentic authorial voice, naturalism, aestheticism, and nihilism.  Readings include works by Soseki, Tanizaki, Kawabata, Mishima, and Oe. 

ASN 2020: Chinese Literature in Translation (3 cr.)
A survey of the poetry, drama and fiction of China from the earliest collection of poetry, The Book of Songs, to the famous 18th-century domestic novel, Dream of the Red Chamber, focusing on the distinctive role literature played in Chinese culture and politics.

ASN 2021: History of Modern Japan (3 cr.)
A study of the modernization and westernization of Japan from the early 19th-century to the present, focusing on its emergence as a world power.  The "underside" of Japan's rise to power will be examined, as well as the nature of US-Japan relationships during and right after WWII.  (Spring)
 
ASN 2022: History of Modern China (3 cr.)
An examination of China's long struggle to come to terms with the modern world, from the early nineteenth century to the present.  Course will discuss the last days of the Qing dynasty, the problem of Western and Japanese imperialism, and the various attempts at revolution, culminating in the triumph of the Communists in 1949.  The successes and failures of Communist rule will be evaluated.  (Spring)

ASN 2026: Japanese Popular Culture  (3 cr.)
This course will examine contemporary Japanese popular culture in terms of visual arts (manga, anime, film), pop songs, and mystery stories. Socio-cultural aspects of Japanese social relations, religions, and overall world view as represented in popular culture will be analyzed

ASN 2033: History of Traditional China (3 cr.)
Survey of Chinese history from earliest times (ca. 1700 B.C.) to the late 18th-century, focusing on China's characteristic social and political institutions, as well as its intellectual and cultural traditions.  China's relations with other Asian countries and peoples will also be treated.  (Fall)

ASN2034: Religions of India (3 cr.)
This course provides an overview of Indian religions, from earliest times to the present, including early Brahmanism, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Islam.  Special attention is given to the art, architecture, and story literature of devotional Hinduism as well as the tales and hymns of Sufism.  (Spring)

ASN 2037: Monks and Merchants: Religions and Cultures of the Silk Road  (3 cr.)
A study of the religions and cultures of the vast territory between China and Iran which has been termed the Silk Road, from the early days of its role in the silk trade from China to Rome, to the modern era of Western exploration and imperialism.  Attention will be given to the rich intermixing of these religions and cultures, the archaeological record of Buddhist art, the Mongols, and Marco Polo.  (Fall)

ASN 2050: Religions of Japan (3 cr.)
Survey of Japanese religious traditions, beginning with Shinto, its indigenous religion, and including Japan's particular adaptation of the Chinese traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, especially Zen.  In addition, the "New Religions" of post-WWII will be considered.  (Spring)

ASN 3010: Women in Chinese and Japanese Religions (3 cr.)
This course examines the position of women in Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Shinto, both in terms of the ideals set forth for women by these traditions and the particular adaptations women made of those ideals.  Readings include didactic works for women, autobiographies, poetry, and novels.  (Spring)

ASN 3011: Seminar on Buddhism (3 cr.)
The first part of the course deals with the life and teachings of the historical Buddha and the early forms of Buddhism in India.  The second part traces the spread of Buddhism to Tibet, China and Japan, while the last part focuses on Buddhism in America today.   (Fall)

ASN 3014: Creatures, Spirits and Aliens  (3 cr.)
This course compares Japanese and American horror and science fiction films and stories, using visual arts (anime, manga, film) and literary genres (science fiction, folk stories).  Among the topics covered are evil spirits and demons, alien encounters, science fiction adventure, supernatural creatures, and ghost stories.  (Spring)

ASN 3015: Scholars, Sages, and Samurai: the Role of Confucianism in East Asia  (3 cr.)
Asia's phenomenal success in recent times has been attributed to its Confucian roots.  This tradition has profoundly affected the major cultures of China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam to this day.  This course will examine its rise and development, starting with Confucius himself, and then look at the concrete ways it manifests itself in family life, the status of women, education, government service, and the business world of East Asia.  (Fall)

ASN 3021: Religion and Politics of East Asia    (3 cr.)
An examination of the religious dimensions of Chinese and Japanese politics in the 19th- and 20th-centuries.  For China, attention will be given to the 19th-century Taiping Rebellion and Mao's 20th-century Communist Revolution.  For Japan, the focus will be on the role of Shinto in Japan's rise as an imperialist power in East Asia between 1880 and 1945 and its controversial legacy in Japan today.  (Fall)

ASN 3025: Culture and Change in Southeast Asia  (3 cr.)
This course will explore the religions, ethnic groups, and social structures of Southeast Asia, a region of rich religious and ethnic diversity.  It will also examine the socio-economic development of the area's recent economic boom.  Indochinese and Indonesian societies constitute the main focus of the course.   (Fall)

ASN 3076: Religious and Cultural Imperialism: American Missionaries in China  (3 cr.)
This course will examine the clash of cultures resulting from the coming of American missionaries to China in the 19th- and 20th-centuries.  Attention will be given to the differences between Christianity and Chinese religions, the role played by western imperialism in giving missionaries access to China, and the particular relationship between Chinese women and American women missionaries.  (Spring)

ASN 3998: Senior Evaluation  (1 cr.)
In consultation with the Chair, students will review all courses taken for the major along with the reading lists for these courses.  After writing a four-page essay evaluating their major work, students will, with the help of the instructor, prepare for a two-hour comprehensive exam to be given at the end of the semester.

ASN 3997: Senior Honors Seminar (3 cr.)
The first part of the course will focus on preparatory work for writing a senior thesis, by reviewing research and analytical methods.  The rest of course will involve weekly presentations of the thesis as it progresses.  Departmental honors will be given to a thesis with a minimum grade of B+.

Note: Appropriate courses from such departments as Art History, Dance/Theatre, Music, Political Science, World Religions, and Sociology, with approval of the chair of Asian Studies, can be applied to the major or minor in Asian Studies.