Courses

ART 243 Non-Western Art
Principal art forms of the non-Western world: India, China, Japan, Indochina, and Indonesia.

ENG 381 Literatures of Asia 
Study of the cultural traditions of Asia through selected literary classics.

HIS 107 Non-Western Civilization: Modern Japan, 1860-Present 
The rise of modern Japan: The growth of Japanese power and its influence in the world economy.

HIS 314 Non-Western Civilization: Japan and World War II 
Analyzes Japanese militarism and expansionism and examines the significance of Japan’s World War II defeat and its impact on the Asian/Pacific world.

HIS 324 Barbarians in History 
Significant barbarian invaders of Inner Asia; their role in the development of human civilization.

HIS 334 Non-Western History: Social 
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. When topic is related to Asia, students may count this toward the Asian Studies Minor, with permission of the Asian Studies chair.

HIS 336 Early Non-Western History 
Analytical and comparative survey of the formative stages of early non-Western civilizations in five geographical regions. The basic cultural patterns that emerged will be studied, compared, and related to present developments.

HIS 337 Modern Non-Western History 
Growth and development of non-Western civilizations. Reactions of indigenous peoples and cultural patterns to Western penetration and imperialism. Present development and practices.

IB 204 Business in Chinese Culture 
Overview of sociocultural, religious, historical, economic, and political contexts as these impact ways that business is conducted in China. Examination of the blend of traditional value systems, Communist ideology, and global modernization as influences on contemporary commercial practices in and with China. In-country visits to observe cultural sites and business activities

IB 205 Business in Indian Culturebr /> Overview of sociocultural, religious, historical, economic, and political contexts as these impact ways that business is conducted in India. Examination of the blend of traditional value systems and global modernization as influences on contemporary commercial practices in and with India. In-country visits to observe cultural sites and business activities.

IS 182 Fundamentals of Contemporary Asian Civilization 
Civilization and traditional cultures of Asia; origins of fundamental values in indigenous Asian ways of life.

IS 285 East Asia in the Modern World 
Survey of political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of developments in China, Japan, Korea, and East Asia. Emphasis on impact of tradition, colonization, and the Cold War on political, economic, and social development.

IS 363 Middle East Nations in International Affairs 
Introduction to the modern politics of the Middle East. Examination of Arab-Israeli conflict, politics of OPEC, inter-Arab rivalries, terrorism, and the impact of these issues on the role of the Middle East in international affairs. Impact of the end of the Cold War and the Gulf Wars.

IS 373 South and Southeast Asian Nations in International Affairs 
International relations of the south Asian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Legacy of colonization, religious conflict, territorial disputes, and the nuclear threat. Also the regional political economy and terrorism.

IS 381 East Asian International Relations 
East Asian international relations (China, Japan, Korea, and East Asia in general) from ancient times to the present.

IS 385 Issues of Contemporary Asia 
Critical studies of new issues and problems in contemporary Asia: tensions between traditional Asian cultures and modern Western ideologies, Asian leadership styles, political institutions, and economic development.

RLS 121 Islamic Civilization Introduction to the Islamic 
Civilization of the Middle East, including primary literature produced by Muslims and members of other religious communities living under the aegis of Islam, from the seventh century to the present.

RLS 321 Islam & The West: Clash of Civilizations?
Historical and theoretical analysis of the modern crisis in relations between the Arab Islamic world and the West. Examines the modern rise of nation-states, Western imperialism, and Islamic “fundamentalism” in the Middle East.

RLS 331 Religions of the Eastern World 
Historical and cultural study of the religions of India, Southeast Asia, and China.

RLS 336 Buddhism and Asian Civilizations 
Historical survey of the development of Buddhism in the civilizations of India, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Tibet. Origins of the Buddhist tradition and the development of its basic beliefs, practices, and institutions within the context of Asian civilizations.

RLS 338 China: Religion and Culture 
Historical and cultural survey of Chinese religions. Development of Chinese religion and philosophy from ancient times until the present. Major traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, as well as popular belief and culture.

RLS 340 Japan: Religion and Culture 
Historical and cultural survey of religion in Japan, primarily Buddhism and Shinto. Folk religion, Chinese influences, and the New Religions.

SOC 311 Comparative Family Systems 
Comparative study of non-Western family systems, with a focus on cross-cultural differences and the potential conflicts of migration. Varying focus on families of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.