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Major in Asian Religions and Cultures

Please see the Four-Year Plan in Asian Religions and Cultures for a quick guide for how and when to register for courses to graduate with an Asian Religions and Cultures major.

The continent of Asia is home to some of the most ancient and formative civilizations in history.  The world's largest religious traditions have their origins on the continent, and Asian peoples have shaped and reshaped how humanity understands itself and the world for centuries.  The Asian Religions and Cultures (ARC) major facilitates 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. 


The major in Asian Religions & Cultures (reference number 615) 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 courses required are distributed as follows:

I. Religion courses  (9 hrs)
RELS 103:  Religions of Asia
RELS 302:  Buddhism
RELS 303:  Hinduism
RELS 306:  Islam
RELS 308:  East Asian Religions
RELS 317:  Confucianism 
RELS 318:  Daoism
RELS 320:  Religions of the Middle East
II. Language  (one sequence of 6 hrs)
ARBC 101, 102, etc.:  Arabic
CHIN 101, 102, etc.:  Chinese
JAPN 101, 102, etc.:  Japanese
RELS 390, 391:  Pali
III. History & Politics  (6 hrs)
ARC 101:  Asian Studies
HIST 110:  Introd to Asian Civilization
HIST 370:  Modern South Asia           
HIST 460:  Traditional East Asia
HIST 461:  Modern East Asia
HIST 462:  History of the Middle East
HIST 471:  Modern China
HIST 472:  Modern Japan
PS 365:  Govt & Politics of the Middle East
PS 366:  Govt & Politics in East Asia
IV. Senior Seminar  (1 hr)
ARC 499:  Senior Seminar
V. Electives  (9 hrs: three courses from list below, or from Categories I-III above) 
ARC 401:  Topics in Asian Religions & Cultures
ARC 498:  Indep. Study in Asian Religions and Cultures
ANTH 341:  Peoples and Cultures of Asia
ART 407:  Islamic Art and Architecture
ENG 368:  Japanese Film in Translation
GEOG 465:  Geography of Asia
GEOG 467:  Geography of the Middle East
PERF 105:  Taiji  (1 hr; may be taken up to three times for credit)
RELS 100:  New Testament
RELS 101:  Old Testament / Hebrew Scriptures  
RELS 311:  The Qur'an 

Advisor: James Barker (james.barker@wku.edu)

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 Last Modified 8/21/21