Western Kentucky University

Religious Studies


The continent of Asia is home to some of the most ancient and formative civilizations in history. All of the world's largest religious traditions have their origins on the continent, and Asian peoples have shaped and reshaped how humanity understands the world and itself for centuries. The Asian Religions and Cultures major facilitates the understanding of the continent and its peoples, allowing students to understand not only the Asian past but to put current issues and problems into a broader historical, religious, and cultural context.

Visit the Asian Studies website for all the information about programming related to Asia.

 

Major and Minor Requirements in

Asian Religions and Culture

The major in Asian Religions and Cultures requires a minimum of 33 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. At least 18 hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. A minor or second major is required.

The minor in Asian Religions and Cultures requires a minimum of 21 hours. At least 12 hours must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above.

Major

Minor

 I. Religion courses (Three courses; 9 credit hours)  I. Religion courses (Three courses; 9 credit hours)
           RELS 103: Religions of Asia            RELS 103: Religions of Asia
           RELS 302: Buddhism            RELS 302: Buddhism
           RELS 303: Hinduism            RELS 303: Hinduism
           RELS 306: Islam            RELS 306: Islam
           RELS 308: East Asian Religions            RELS 308: East Asian Religions
           RELS 320: Religions of the Middle East            RELS 320: Religions of the Middle East
 II. Language (One sequence; 6 credit hours)  
           ARBC/RELS 386 & 387: Arabic
 
           CHIN 101/102: Elementary Chinese  
           JAPN 101/102: Elementary Japanese  
           RELS 390/391: Pali  
 III. History and Politics (Two courses; 6 credit hours) II. History and Politics (Two courses; 6 credit hours)
           HIST 110: Introduction to Asian Civilization            HIST 110: Introduction to Asian Civilization
           HIST 370: Modern South Asia                       HIST 370: Modern South Asia
           HIST 460: Traditional East Asia
           HIST 460: Traditional East Asia
           HIST 461: Modern East Asia            HIST 461: Modern East Asia
           HIST 462: History of the Middle East            HIST 462: History of the Middle East
           HIST 471: Modern China            HIST 471: Modern China
           HIST 472: Modern Japan
           HIST 472: Modern Japan
           PS 365: Government and Politics of the Middle East            PS 365: Government and Politics of the Middle East
               PS 366: Government and Politics in East Asia            PS 366: Government and Politics in East Asia
 IV. Electives (Three courses from list or from courses in categories I-III; 9 credit hours)  III. Electives (Two courses from list or from courses in categories I-II; 6 credit hours)
           ARC 401: Topics in Asian Religions and Cultures            ARC 401: Topics in Asian Religions and Cultures
           ARC 498: Ind. Study in Asian Religions and Cultures            ARC 498: Ind. Study in Asian Religions and Cultures
           ANTH 341: Peoples and Cultures of Asia            ANTH 341: Peoples and Cultures of Asia
           ART 407: Islamic Art and Architecture            ART 407: Islamic Art and Architecture
           ENG 368: Japanese Film in Translation            ARBC/RELS 386 & 387: Arabic
           GEOG 465: Geography of Asia            CHIN 101/102: Elementary Chinese
           GEOG 467: Geography of the Middle East            ENG 368: Japanese Film in Translation
           PERF 105: Taiji (1 hour; may be taken up to 3 times for credit)            GEOG 465: Geography of Asia
           RELS 100: New Testament            GEOG 467: Geography of the Middle East
           RELS 101: Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures            JAPN 101/102: Elementary Japanese
           RELS 311: The Qur'an             PERF 105: Taiji (1 hour; may be taken up to 3 times for credit)
           SOC 353: Sociology of Modern Japan             RELS 100: New Testament
V. Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)            RELS 101: Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures
           ARC 499: Senior Seminar            RELS 311: The Qur'an
             RELS 390/391: Pali
             SOC 353: Sociology of Modern Japan

Advisement

Jeffrey Samuels
Cherry Hall 311
(270) 745-5748
E-Mail: Jeffrey.Samuels@wku.edu
 Last Modified 7/23/13