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Asian Religions and Cultures


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.

Major and Minor Requirements

The major in Asian Religions & 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 Studies (Asian Religions & Cultures track) requires a minimum of 21 hours.  At least 12 hours must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above.

Major

Minor

I. Religion courses  (9 cr hrs) I. Religion courses  (9 cr hrs)
           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 317:  Confucianism             RELS 317:  Confucianism
           RELS 318:  Daoism            RELS 318:  Daoism
           RELS 320:  Religions of the Middle East            RELS 320:  Religions of the Middle East
   
II. Language  (one sequence of 6 cr hrs)  
           ARBC 101, 102, etc.:  Arabic  
           CHIN 101, 102, etc.:  Chinese  
           JAPN 101, 102, etc.:  Japanese  
           RELS 390, 391:  Pali
 
   
III. History & Politics  (6 cr hrs) III. History & Politics  (6 cr hrs)
            ARC 101:  Asian Studies             ARC 101:  Asian Studies
           HIST 110:  Introd to Asian Civilization            HIST 110:  Introd 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:  Govt & Politics of the Middle East                PS 365:  Govt & Politics of the Middle East
              PS 366:  Govt & Politics in East Asia                PS 366:  Govt & Politics in East Asia
   
IV. Senior Seminar  (1 cr hr)  
            ARC 499:  Senior Seminar  
   
V. Electives  (9 cr hrs: three courses from list below, 
        or from Categories I-III above) 
V. Electives  (6 cr hrs: two courses from list below, 
        or from Categories I-III above)
   
              ARC 401:  Topics in Asian Religions & Cultures              ARC 401:  Topics in Asian Religions & Cultures
              ARC 498:  Indep. Study in Asian Religions
                                  and Cultures
             ARC 498:  Indep. 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               ENG 368:  Japanese Film in Translation
           GEOG 465:  Geography of Asia            GEOG 465:  Geography of Asia
           GEOG 467:  Geography of the Middle East            GEOG 467:  Geography of the Middle East
             PERF 105:  Taiji  (1 hr; may be taken up to
                                   three times for credit)
             PERF 105:  Taiji (1 hr; may be taken up to
                                   three times for credit)
             RELS 100:  New Testament              RELS 100:  New Testament
             RELS 101:  Old Testament / Hebrew Scriptures                RELS 101:  Old Testament / Hebrew Scriptures
             RELS 311:  The Qur'an               RELS 311:  The Qur'an 

Advisement:  Jeffrey Samuels  |  Cherry Hall 311  |  (270) 745-5748  |  E-Mail: jeffrey.samuels@wku.edu 

 


 


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