Asian Studies: China Studies
Demonstrate general factual knowledge of the literature, humanities, history, politics, economics, geography, and social conditions of East Asia. The courses that are the foundation for this knowledge are the core courses in the major: Asian 200, Intro to Asin Studies: Methods and Materials; Asin 342, Asian Literary Traditions; History 231, Introduction to East Asian History; either IHum 241, Humanities of Asia or IHum 243, Introduction to the Humanities of South Asia; and either Poli 348, Government and Politics of Asia or Poli 385, International Relations of Asia.
Graduates will be able to communicate in Chinese (Mandarine) at the "intermediate" level according to ACTFL proficiency guidelines-i.e. "handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations . . . limited to those predictable and concrete exchanges necessary for survival." Comprehend "simple, sentence-length speech . . . in a variety of basic personal and social contexts." Read "short, non-complex texts that convey basic information and deal with basic personal and social topics."
Demonstrate effective writing skills by completing a research paper under the mentorship of an Asian Studies faculty member on a major East Asian topic as required in Asian 495, the Senior Seminar.
Research Philosophies and Methodologies
Understanding basic research philosophies and methodologies associated with research in the social science and humanities as required in Asian 495, the Senior Seminar. This builds on skills taught in Asian 200 Introduction to Asian Studies.