Amy Miller, coordinator of Asian Studies program
Daniel Metraux, Seung Hee Han

The minor in Asian Studies provides a broad background in the cultures, histories, languages, political systems, and religious formations of Asia. By engaging a variety of disciplinary perspectives, students become attuned to Asia’s diversity—its many models of social organization, political developments, historical transformations, and ideologies—while gaining an overall understanding of Asia as a region of particular importance, both historically and in the contemporary global context. Although study abroad is not required for the Asian Studies minor, it is both recognized and encouraged. Students are eligible to apply for one semester or one year programs with Mary Baldwin international exchange partners: Doshisha Women’s College in Kyoto, Japan; Soka University in Tokyo, Japan; Kansai Gaidai in Osaka, Japan; Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea; National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan; or Lady Doak College, in Madurai, India. Students may study at other recognized institutions in Asia.

Requirements for the Minor in Asian Studies

18 semester hours
AS 106: Asian Civilizations or AS/REL 212: Asian Religions
15 additional semester hours of Asian Studies courses from among those listed below (Or 12 additional s.h. if both AS 106 and AS 212 are completed):

• JPNS 201, 202: Up to 8 credits for Japanese language. *Prerequisite: JPNS 101, 102.
• AS 246 Modern Japan
• AS 247 Modern India
• AS 251 Gender in Asian Cultures
• AS 253 China in the Developing World
• AS 270 Australia: A Cultural History (online only)
• AS 275 Buddhism
• AS 278 Hinduism
• AS 320/PHIL 320 Peacemaking: Gandhi and Non-violence

With prior approval, intermediate level language courses and Asian Studies courses taken at a recognized college or university in Asia may be included in the Asian Studies Minor. In addition, students may also earn up to 6 s.h. for a pre-approved internship, either in Asia or with an Asian company or organization in the United States.

Civic Engagement Opportunities

• English Conversation Partners — student volunteers are paired with Mary Baldwin international students to help them with spoken English
• MBU Ambassadors — student volunteers assist with international student programming, particularly during student orientation
• Cosmos International Club — student organization

Asian Studies Course Descriptions

106 Asian Civilizations (3 s.h.) (H, W)
Introduces students to aspects of traditional and modern civilizations of Central, East, South, and Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on key moments of political and cultural change and transformation.

212 Asian Religions (3 s.h.) (H)
An introduction to the world views and ritual practices of the major living religious traditions of South, Southeast, and East Asia. Cross listed as REL 212. Contributes to the Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution and Religious Studies minors,

246 Modern Japan (3 s.h.) (I)
A study of Japanese cultural, political and economic history from the 19th century. Preceded by a brief introduction to its early history.

247 Modern India (3 s.h.) (I)
An examination of the emergence of India as a modern nation, followed by a look at contemporary issues in India with roots in that history.

251 Gender in Asian Cultures (3 s.h.) (G, W)
A study of the changing social, cultural, religious, and economic roles of women in a variety of Asian cultures and historical contexts. Contributes to the minor in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution.

253 China in the Developing World (3 s.h.) (I)
Chinese political, economic, and cultural history from the 17th century to the present with an emphasis on 20th-century developments. Emphasis also on Taiwan.

270 Australia: A Cultural History (3 s.h.) (I, W)
Historical analysis of the cultural and sociological development of Australia as a modern nation. Topics include relations between native peoples and Europeans, evolution of a unique culture, and contemporary problems and prospects facing Australia today. This course is offered through Baldwin Online only.

275 Buddhism (3 s.h.) (H, W)
An introduction to the diverse beliefs, practices, and traditions of Buddhism from their origins in India to their geographical and historical diffusion throughout Asia and beyond. Attention will also be given to Socially Engaged Buddhism. Cross listed as REL 275. Contributes to the Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution and Religious Studies minors.

278 Hinduism (3 s.h.) (H, W)
An exploration of Hinduism’s diversity through a study of Hindu mythological and epic literature, sacred geography, ritual practices, and understandings of divinity. Cross listed as REL 278. Contributes to the Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution and Religious Studies minors.

287, 387 Internship (1–3 s.h.)
An internship in Japan or elsewhere in Asia, or with an Asian-related company or organization in the United States.

320 Peacemaking: Gandhi and Nonviolence (3 s.h.) (T, R)
For course description, see PHIL 320 in the Philosophy listing.