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Asian Studies at UVM - Course Requirements

Major and Minor Requirements 

Asian Studies Major and Minor

The Asian Studies major consists of at least 33 credit hours in courses from the Asian Studies listing (see Courses of Instruction: Asian Studies) to include the following:

A. Completion of two years (normally 16 hours) study of the language of the geographic subarea of concentration. Students with demonstrated fluency in that language (for instance native speakers) may substitute other Asian Studies courses to fulfill the 33 hour requirement. No more than 16 hours of language study may be counted toward the major.

B. The remaining credit hours must include at least nine hours at the 100 level and three hours at the 200 level from at least three academic disciplines. Language courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Note: Courses significantly but not entirely on Asia may be counted toward a student's major requirements only if papers or projects relevant to their Asian subarea or their Asian thematic focus have been completed. The Dean's Office must receive written approval from the advisor in order for these courses to be counted toward the major.

Students who major in Asian Studies and minor in an Asian language may overlap only one course as is stipulated in the College of Arts and Sciences.

ASP 200-LEVEL SEMINARS:

A 200-Level seminar entirely or significantly on Asia (at least 50% content) is required for Asian Studies majors. Here are the 200-level Asian Studies related seminars listed for 2009 & 2010:

POLS 279:   Asian Politics and Film, Instructor:  Matthew Carlson, Pre-requisites: Jr Standing with POLS 71 (Intro. to Comparative Political Systems) or relevant area studies background. To be offered in Spring 2010.

HST 250:    Seminar in Japanese History, Instructor:  Erik Esselstrom.  To be offered in Spring 2010.

REL 234:  Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Instructor: Kevin Trainor.  Offered Spring 2009.

GEOG 272:  Advanced Topics in Space, Power and Identity: Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism, Instructor:  Pablo Bose. Pre-requisite: Sr. standing. Offered Spring 2009.

**If AIS majors who are scheduled to graduate this spring are not able to take these seminars, please have them email the Program Director, Prof. Erik Esselstrom, so that we can troubleshoot (erik.esselstrom@uvm.edu).

THE ASIAN STUDIES MINOR:

The Asian Studies minor consists of at least 18 credit hours in courses from the Asian Studies listing (see Courses of Instruction: Asian Studies) to include:

A. Completion of at least two Asian language courses and at least one course in each of two other academic disciplines. For students who demonstrate fluency in an Asian language relevant to their minor concentration (for instance native speakers), courses from a third academic discipline will be substituted for the language requirement.

B. The remaining credit hours must include at least nine hours at or above the 100 level.  Students must consult with an appropriate Asian Studies advisor and demonstrate thematic and/or geographic coherence in their selection of courses. 

Note: Courses significantly but not entirely on Asia may be counted toward a student's major or minor requirements only if papers or projects relevant to their Asian subarea or thematic focus have been completed. The Dean's Office must receive written approval from the advisor. (See catalog for listing of courses). Up to three credits of non-language Chinese culture and Japanese culture courses may be counted towards an Asian Studies major or minor. These courses are offered by Area and International Studies and taught by the Asian language faculty.

Minor concentration in Asian Languages

Fifteen credit hours of either Chinese or Japanese language, with at least nine of those hours at or above the 100 level, including 102 or its equivalent. Three credit hours at or above the 100 level in the linguistics or literature of the chosen language may be substituted for three credits of language study beyond 102 or its equivalent.

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