Major in Asian Studies
ASIAN STUDIES MAJOR
Major in Asian Studies: Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary major that brings together courses about Asia from a variety of departments and disciplines.
The requirements of the program are described below:
A. Completion of ten or more courses in Asian Studies from the lists below or from a study-abroad program (with the approval of the Asian Studies Program Chair).
B. Study abroad for a summer or semester in an Asian country (travel programs do not fulfill this requirement).
C. Completion of one or more courses in an Asian language at or above the 300-level or completion of an intensive language program abroad approved by the Asian Studies Program Chair. Meeting the college language requirement does not meet the Asian Studies requirement—courses only at or above the 300-level count toward the Asian Studies major.
D. Three or more integrative courses from the following list:
Anthro 340: Families in Asia
E. Five or more elective courses on Asian cultures from the following list:
Asia 203: Chinese Martial Arts Cinema
F. Asian Studies 458 (a senior thesis on a selected topic under supervision of a faculty advisor--may be taken either semester of the senior year).
G. Successful completion of a comprehensive exam in two parts: a) a written set of questions that integrate courses taken by the student; and b) a written set of questions on specific courses taken by the student.
Honors: To earn honors in Asian Studies, a student must satisfy the following criteria: a) at least a 3.33 grade point average from courses in the major; b) awarding of a “B+” or better on the senior thesis; and c) awarding of “distinction” (B+ or better) on the comprehensive exam.
Summer Programs:China and India: Sewanee students may take advantage of summer study in China/India. The continuing issue of the program is economic development, with other subjects also included in different summers. (Note: does not fulfill the study-abroad requirement for Asian Studies,)
Southeast Asia, China, or Japan: Sewanee students may take advantage of summer study that rotates with three different itineraries: one summer in Southeast Asia, one summer in China, and one summer in Japan. The continuing issue of the program is history and theatre and the relationship between those areas in each country. (Note: does not fulfill the study-abroad requirement for Asian Studies.)