Asian Studies

Asian Studies Program

College of Arts and Sciences
714 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Phone: 716.645.3474
Fax: 716.645.3473
Email: asian-studies@buffalo.edu
Web: www.asianstudies.buffalo.edu

Thomas W. Burkman
Program Director

About the Program

Why Learn about Asia? We live in an age in which major, cultures that formerly were assigned to particular geographical regions of the globe are now found globally. North America is no longer an outpost of Europe, but an invigorating composite of Asian, African, Latin, and European ingredients. Asian economies have worldwide presence, and political issues in that part of the world affect us profoundly at home. In art, theater, cinema, religion, and cuisine, Asia is here. By studying Asian civilizations and contemporary societies, we come to understand a significant part of humanity and acquire insight into ourselves.

The Asian Studies Program supports teaching, research, study abroad, and cultural events concerning Asia. The current focus of the program lies in the region of China, Japan, and Korea, with secondary attention to Southeast and South Asia.

Several Asian languages are taught in the Department of Linguistics. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean are each offered through the fourth-year level. Undergraduate minors may be elected in these languages. UB students may also study Arabic, Hindi, and Sanskrit.

Students may study abroad in Asia, undertaking language study, nonlanguage classes, and graduate research. UB students can spend an academic year, a semester, or a summer at fine universities in China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Academic credit can be transferred to UB. For information, refer to the Study Abroad section.

Degree Options

Students who wish to focus on Asia in their academic program have several options:
1. Major in Asian studies, administered by the Asian Studies Program
2. Special major in Chinese studies or Japanese studies. The director of Asian studies will advise students who wish to design a special major.
3. Asian studies track of the international studies concentration, administered by the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program
4. Minor in East Asian studies, administered by the Asian Studies Program
5. Minor in Chinese, administered by the Department of Linguistics
6. Minor in Japanese, administered by the Department of Linguistics
7. Minor in Korean, administered by the Department of Linguistics

Asian-American Studies. Every semester, the Asian Studies Program offers courses exploring the history, literature, and social dynamics of the Asian-American experience. One in ten undergraduates at UB is an Asian-American.

Acceptance Information

The major permits the student to explore several regions and cultures of Asia as well as the Asian experience in America. At the same time, it requires a focus on one region or culture of Asia and a related Asian language. Students take a required core of four lower-division courses and four semesters of language. Upper-level electives (six courses) include both the social sciences and the humanities. The capstone experience is a senior research course. Some students who are majoring in an established discipline can elect Asian studies as a double major or joint major.

Career Opportunities/Further Study

Students who concentrate in Asian studies find job opportunities in international business, government service, non-governmental organizations, and the arts. Some go on to professional schools in such fields as management, finance, diplomacy, and law. Others pursue graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines and enter Asia-related academic careers. Students who combine the major in Asian studies with another field through a double major or a joint major are particularly well suited for jobs that require professional training coupled with Asian linguistic ability and cultural understanding.

Asian Studies - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum grade of C in any two courses required for the major.

Advising Notes

To graduate, minimum grade of C- required in any course in the major.

Required Courses

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
(12-18 credit hours, or 6-8 credit hours beyond the general education language requirement. Some second-year language courses are 4 credits, others are 3 credits per semester.)
Four semesters. (Students who are native speakers of an Asian language may test out of the language requirement and be required to offer in its place two additional, 3-hour courses in the upper elective category or two semesters of an Asian language other than their own.)

CORE COURSES (10 credit hours)
AS 101 Asian Studies
AS 110 The Asian American Experience
HIS 182 Asian Civilization II
PSC 229 East Asian Political Economy

UPPER LEVEL ELECTIVES (18 credit hours)
Approved, 300/400-level courses, of which 9 credit hours must relate to the culture or region of the language selected. At least 6 credit hours must be in the social sciences and at least 6 credit hours must be in the humanities. Up to 6 credit hours of language courses at the 300-level and above may be counted.

CAPSTONE COURSE
AS 480 Senior Research

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 37-39


Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall - AS 101, first-semester language
Spring - HIS 182, second-semester language

SECOND YEAR
Fall - AS 110, third-semester language
Spring - PSC 229, fourth-semester language

THIRD YEAR
Fall - two upper-level electives
Spring - two upper-level electives

FOURTH YEAR
Fall - two upper-level electives
Spring - AS 480

Study abroad in Asia is recommended.

Asian Studies - Minor

About the Minor

As a companion to a major in an academic or professional field, the interdisciplinary minor in East Asian studies broadens and enriches the student�s academic experience. It conveys skills and concepts needed for appreciating the rich civilizations of China, Japan, and Korea and for dealing professionally with Asian peoples. The minor is a valuable credential for graduate study and an international career.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum grade of C in any course required for the minor.

Advising Notes

Minimum grade of C required in any course in the minor.
Except for the language proficiency requirement, courses applied to another minor or major may not be applied to this minor.

Required Courses

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Four courses: Intermediate proficiency in an East Asian language. Students who satisfy the language requirement through a means other than coursework must take two advanced courses in addition to the three required below; only one of the two may be in the student�s major department.

CORE COURSE
One of the following: AS 220 Culture of the Arts in East Asia, HIS 182 Asian Civilization II, PSC 229 East Asian Political Economy

ADVANCED COURSES
Three approved East Asian courses at the 300/400-level. Two must be outside the student�s major department. One 300/400-level language course may be counted toward the advanced course requirement.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor: 24-30

Course Descriptions

AS 101 Introduction to Asian Studies

Credits:  1
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Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the field of Asian studies and its relationship to selected disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Intended for students who have elected or who are considering the major in Asian Studies. Lecture/discussion format. Students discuss reading assignments and complete a final, out-of-class assignment.

AS 110 The Asian American Experience

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The Asian American experience from the beginning of Asians� and Pacific Islanders� entry into North America in the eighteenth century to the present. Investigates this phenomenon in connection with national and transnational power relations, economic structures, and political realities. Also considers the construction of American identities in the United States and their impact on Asian American communities and individuals. Goals are to develop a historical and multi-cultural perspective on the Asian American experience, to enlarge students� capacities for analytical and critical thinking, and to achieve a better understanding of the diversity within Asian American communities and of Asian Americans� social status in North America.

AS 117 Asian American Authors

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Focuses on Asian American literature and the social contexts for the formation of Asian American literary traditions and genres. Introduces students to major Asian American literary texts and authors, including recurrent themes, new modes of narratives, and innovative techniques. Addresses the impact of Asian Pacific histories and cultures on specific writers, while locating Asian American literature within the historical and cultural contexts of North America, particularly the formation and effects of racial and national identities in the United States and Canada.

AS 220 Culture & Arts of East Asia

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces traditional and contemporary aesthetics, thought, literature, and theatre of East Asia. The arts of China, Japan, and Korea had fascinated observers in the West for centuries, and reveal much about the rich cultures and vibrant societies of East Asia. Team-taught by Asian specialists in the humanities from several UB departments.

AS 270 Asian American Women Writers

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines Asian American women�s writings and the social, cultural, and historical contexts that shape their thematic concerns, narrative strategies, and poetic styles. Through Asian American women�s prose and poetry, we seek to understand the formation of gender, racial, and sexual identities, and their effects on Asian American women�s literary traditions and innovations. Examines the relations between gender and genre, between race and class, and between culture and sexuality.

AS 348 Asian Americans and the Visual Media

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
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Type:  LEC

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Investigates Hollywood representations of Asians and Asian Americans and Asian Americans� self-representations. Through a comparative analysis of Hollywood films and Asian American films and videos, we seek a better understanding of the tactics and specific historical contexts for constructing identities of �race,� gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. This understanding provides a historical and critical perspective for examining both the content and technique of Asian Americans� films and videos.

AS 392 Asian Religions

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Provides an overview of the major religions of Asia (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam) in the light of their sacred texts, and focuses on the theological underpinnings, stories, and practices of each tradition. This course fosters a better understanding of religion in general, and familiarity with the spiritual values that shape everyday lives in many different locales worldwide.

AS 393 Topics in Asian Studies

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
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Varying topics in Asian studies, chosen by the instructor.

AS 394 Topics in Asian Studies

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
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Varying topics in Asian studies, chosen by the instructor.

AS 395 Topics in Asian Studies

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
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Varying topics in Asian studies, chosen by the instructor.

AS 396 Topics in Asian American Studies

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Varying topics in Asian American studies, chosen by the instructor.

AS 397 Topics in Asian American Studies

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Varying topics in Asian American studies, chosen by the instructor.

AS 398 Topics in Asian American Studies

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Varying topics in Asian American studies, chosen by the instructor.

AS 480 Senior Research in Asian Studies

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  Majors only
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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A capstone course required for all majors in Asian Studies. Research, writing, and oral presentation of project carried out under the guidance of a faculty member.

AS 499 Independent Study

Credits:  3
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Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

 

Updated: Apr 12, 2006 11:03:48 AM