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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. 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.

 

Asian Religions and Cultures Major

The major in Asian Religions and Cultures (reference number 615) requires 33 credit hours. Students must take courses in Religion (9 credit hours), Language (6 credit hours), History and Politics (6 credit hours), Electives (9 credit hours), and complete the Senior Project (3 credit hours). Students must take courses from at least four different departments. At least 17 hours must be at the 300-level or above. A minor or second major is required.

Requirements

Courses

I. Religion courses (Three courses; 9 credit hour)

RELS 103: Religions of Asia

RELS 302: Buddhism

RELS 303: Hinduism

RELS 306: Islam

 RELS 308: East Asian Religious Traditions

RELS 317: Confucianism

RELS 318: Daoism

RELS 320: Religions of the Middle East

II. Language (One sequence; 6 credit hours)

ARBC 101/102: Arabic

CHIN 101/102: Elementary Chinese

JAPN 101/102: Elementary Japanese

 RELS 390/391: Pali

III. History and Politics (Two courses; 6 credit hours)

History 110: Introduction to Asian Civilization

History 370: Modern South Asia

History 460: Traditional East Asia

History 461: Modern East Asia

History 462: History of the Middle East

History 471: Modern China

History 472: Modern Japan

Political Science 365: Government and Politics of the Middle East

Political Science 366: Government and Politics in East       Asia

IV. Electives (Three courses from list or from

categories I-III; 9 credit hours)

ARC 401: Topics in Asian Religions and Cultures

ARC 498: Independent Study in Asian Religions and Cultures

Anthropology/Folk Studies 341: Peoples and Cultures of Asia

Art 407: Islamic Art and Architecture

English 368: Japanese Film in Translation

Geography 465: Geography of Asia

Geography 467: Geography of the Middle East

PERF 105: Taiji (1 hour; may be take up to three times for credit)

RELS 100: New Testament

RELS 101: Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures

RELS 311: The Qur’an

SOC 353: Sociology of Modern Japan

V. Senior Project (3 credit hours)

ARC 499: Senior Seminar

 

Asian Studies Minor (Reference #317)

Asian Religions and Cultures Track:

Students must take courses in Religion (9 credit hours), History and Politics (6 credit hours), and Electives (6 credit hours). Students must take courses from at least three different departments. At least 12 credit hours must be at the 300-level or above.

Requirement

Courses

I. Religion courses (Three courses; 9 credit hours)

RELS 103: Religions of Asia

RELS 302: Buddhism

RELS 303: Hinduism

RELS 306: Islam

RELS 308: East Asian Religious Traditions

RELS 317: Confucianism

RELS 318: Daoism

RELS 320: Religions of the Middle East

II. History and Politics (Two courses; 6 credit hours)

HIST 110: Introduction 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: Government and Politics of the Middle East

PS 366: Government and Politics in East Asia

III. Electives (Two courses from list or from courses

in categories I-II; 6 credit hours)

ANTH/FLK 341: Peoples and Cultures of Asia

ARBC 101/102: Arabic

ARC 401: Topics in Asian Religions and Cultures

ARC 498: Independent Study in Asian Religions and Cultures

ART 407: Islamic Art and Architecture

CHIN 101/102: Elementary Chinese

ENG 368: Japanese Film in Translation

GEOG 465: Geography of Asia

GEOG 467: Geography of the Middle East

JAPN 101/102: Elementary Japanese

PERF 105: Taiji (1 hour; may be taken up to three times for credit)

RELS 100: New Testament

RELS 101: Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures

RELS 311: The Qur’an

RELS 390/391: Pali

SOC 353: Sociology of Modern Japan

 

East and South Asian Track

Students must take courses from at least four different departments. At least 12 credit hours must be at the 300-level or above.

Requirement

Courses

I. Culture and History (Four courses from at least

three different departments; 12 credit hours)

ANTH/FLK 341: Peoples and Cultures of Asia

ENG 368: Japanese Film in Translation

HIST 110: Introduction to Asian Civilization

HIST 370: Modern South Asia

HIST 460: Traditional East Asia

HIST 461: Modern East Asia

HIST 471: Modern China

HIST 472: Modern Japan

PERF 105: Taiji (1 hour; may be taken up to three times for credit)

RELS 103: Religions of Asia

RELS 302: Buddhism

RELS 303: Hinduism

RELS 306: Islam

RELS 308: East Asian Religious Traditions

RELS 311: The Qur’an

RELS 317: Confucianism

RELS 318: Daoism

II. Electives (Three additional courses from list

or from courses in category I; 9 credit hours)

ARBC 101/102: Arabic

ARC 401: Topics in Asian Religions and Cultures

ARC 498: Independent Study in Asian Religions and Cultures

CHIN 101/102: Elementary Chinese

GEOG 465: Geography of Asia

JAPN 101/102: Elementary Japanese

PS 366: Government and Politics in East Asia

RELS 390/391: Pali

SOC 353: Sociology of Modern Japan

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