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Courses and Focus Areas

Asian Studies Approved Courses by Semester

The following course listings are tentative. For the most updated version, please see the university class schedule.

Choosing a Focus

You should choose an area of focus based on your academic interests, future academic goals, and career aspirations. The coursework you take as part of your focus will provide the academic background needed when applying for graduate school or a job.

Each focus allows students to arrange their coursework on an international theme and its impact across several regions and disciplinary perspectives. You must choose one focus and choose only approved courses for that focus.


Focus Areas

Select a focus area to learn more about this global theme and to see course offerings in this area. Classes shown here are not guaranteed to be offered during the time you spend here at the U, and are subject to change. Check each semester's course lists for the exact courses available.

  • ARTH 3020 - Arts of China
  • ARTH 3060 - Arts of Buddhism
  • ARTH 4060 - Art & Politics in Modern China
  • ARTH 4095 - Seminar in Chinese Art

  • BUS 3840 - Global Econ & Bus Geography 
  • BUS 3870 - Class, Race & Dream

  • CHIN 3060 - Advanced Chinese Grammar & Composition for Experienced Speakers
  • CHIN 3390 - Chinese Calligraphy
  • CHIN 3510 - Business Chinese
  • CHIN 3940 - Community Engaged Learning
  • CHIN 4280 - Intro to Chinese Linguistics
  • CHIN 4281 - Chinese Pragmatics
  • CHIN 4550 - Patterns of Traditional Chinese Culture
  • CHIN 4560 - Problems of a Modernizing China
  • CHIN 4610 - Chinese Narrative Literature (CW)
  • CHIN 4620 - Literature of the Middle Period
  • CHIN 4710 - Classical Chinese
  • CHIN 4900 - Special Topics (needs pre-approval)
  • CHIN 5281 - Structure of Chinese: Phonetics

  • ECON 5420 - China & the Global Economy (IR)
  • ECON 5430 - Asian Economic History & Development (IR) (Prerequisite: ECON 2010 and 2020)

  • ENGL 3750 - Asian American Literature

  • ENGL 3780 - Global Transnational Literature (IR)

  • ETHNC 5430 - Asian American Politics 

  • GEOG 3640 - Geography of China & Asia (IR/BF)

  • HIST 3500 - Pre-modern China
  • HIST 3510 - Modern China
  • HIST 4510 - Asian Social History/Special Topics (needs pre-approval)
  • HIST 4860 - Environmental History of China
  • HIST 4865 - Gender, Race, and Empire in Asia

  • MIDE 3773 - Silk Road

  • PHIL 3013 - Philosophy of Daodejing/Special Topics (needs pre-approval)
  • PHIL 3100 - Classical Chinese Philosophy
  • PHIL 3640 - World Religions (HF, IR)
  • PHIL 5150 - Topics Classical Chinese Philosophy

  • POLS 3530 - Peace and Conflict in Asia
  • POLS 3450 - Politics in China
  • POLS 5480 - International Relations of East Asia (IR) (Recommended  Prerequisites: POLS 2100 OR POLS 2200)
  • POLS 5680 - Chinese Foreign Policy (IR) (Recommended Prerequisites: POLS 2100 OR POLS 2200)

  • THEA 3210 - Tai-Chi Yoga Movement



  • ARCH 4200 - Japanese Architecture (Permission of Professor)

  • ARTH 3030 - Arts of Japan
  • ARTH 3060 - Arts of Buddhism

  • ECON 5420 - China & the Global Economy 
  • ECON 5430 - Asian Economic History & Development (IR) (Prerequisite: ECON 2010 and 2020)

  • ENGL 3750 - Asian American Lit
  • ENGL 3780 - Global Transnational Literature (IR)

  • ETHNC 5430 - Asian American Politics 

  • FILM 3170 - Japanese Anime

  • GNDR 4765 - Gender & War

  • HIST 3520 - Pre-modern Japan
  • HIST 3530 - Modern Japan
  • HIST 4510 - Asian Social History/Special Topics (needs pre-approval)
  • HIST 4765 - The Vietnam War

  • JAPAN 3040 - Third-year Japanese
  • JAPAN 3060 - Third-year Japanese
  • JAPAN 3220 - Japanese Linguistics: Language & Society
  • JAPAN 3330 - Third-year Conversational Japanese
  • JAPAN 3410 - Teaching Japanese as a Second Language
  • JAPAN 3510 - Commercial Japanese I
  • JAPAN 3520 - Commercial Japanese II
  • JAPAN 3710 - Intensive Business Japanese: Intermediate
  • JAPAN 3940 - Community Engaged Learning
  • JAPAN 4330 - Adv. Conversation Japanese
  • JAPAN 4520 - Intensive Business Japanese: Advanced
  • JAPAN 4540 - Japanese Pop Culture
  • JAPAN 4550 - Japanese Civilization
  • JAPAN 4560 - Newspaper Japanese
  • JAPAN 4570 - Multicultural JapanJAPAN 4580 - Japanese Empire to Korean Wave/Pop Culture
  • JAPAN 4610 - Survey of Japanese Lit: Modern Period
  • JAPAN 4630 - Japanese Women’s Literature
  • JAPAN 4660 - The Fiction & Poetry of Japan Today
  • JAPAN 4670 - The Fiction & Poetry of Japan Today
  • JAPAN 4680 - Modern Japanese Lit in Translation
  • JAPAN 4710 - Classical Japanese
  • JAPAN 4900 - Special Topics (needs pre-approval)
  • JAPAN 5290 - Structure of Japanese: Syntax
  • JAPAN 5291 - Japanese Linguistics: Language & Society

  • PHIL 3640 - World Religions (HF, IR)

  • POLS 3530 - Peace and Conflict in Asia
  • POLS 5480 - International Relations of East Asia (IR) (Prerequisite: POLS 2100 OR POLS 2200)

  • SOC 4674 - Global Health

  • THEA 3210 - Tai-Chi Yoga Movement

  • COMM 3770 - Cross-Cultural Documentary (IR)
  • COMM 3775 - Korean Media & Culture

  • ENGL 3750 - Asian American Literature
  • ENGL 3780 - Global Transnational Literature
  • ENGL 5830 - Studies in Asian-American Literature

  • ETHNC 5430 - Asian American Politics 

  • GNDR 4765 - Gender & War

  • GEOG 3640 - Geography of China and Asia

  • HIST 4620 - Gender and War
  • HIST 4780 - The Korean War (IR)

  • KOREA 3060 - Third-year Korean I
  • KOREA 3070 - Third-year Korean II
  • KOREA 3100 - Korean Culture Through Literature & Film
  • KOREA 3200 - Korean for Professional & Formal Interactions
  • KOREA 3700 - Communication through K-Drama
  • KOREA 4060 - Advanced Reading and Conversation

  • KOREA 4580 - Japanese Empire to Korean Wave/Pop Culture
  • KOREA 4900 - Special Topics (needs pre-approval)

  • POLS 3530 - Peace and Conflict in Asia
  • POLS 5480 - International Relations through East Asia (IR)

  • COMM 3770 - Cross-Cultural Documentary (IR)
  • COMM 3775 - Korean Media & Culture

  • ARTH 3060 - Arts of Buddhism

  • BUS 3940 - India & Globalization in the Business World

  • CLCS 3900 - Hinduism & Islam

  • ETHNC 5430 - Asian American Politics 

  • ENGL 3750 - Asian American Lit
  • ENGL 3780 - Global/Transnational Literature
  • ENGL 5810 - The Novel in India

  • FILM 3250 - Cinema in the Developing World

  • HINDI 3710 - Hinduism & Islam
  • HINDI 4610 - South Asian Literature & Culture
  • HINDI 4620 - Popular Culture of South Asia
  • HINDI 4630 - Bollywood: Indian Films
  • HINDI 4650 - Cultural Exchanges of South Asia & Iran (also PERS 4640)

  • HIST 3555 - Medieval India
  • HIST 3550 - India: Empire & Religion
  • HIST 3560 - Modern India
  • HIST 4400 - Intro to Islam (IR)
  • HIST 4510 - Asian Social History/Special Topics (needs pre-approval)
  • HIST 4620 - Gender and War
  • HIST 4855 - Environmental History of India
  • HIST 4865 - Race & Gender in Colonial Asia

  • MID E 3880 - Religion & Fashion in the Middle East
  • MID E 3880 - Oil in the Middle East and Central Asia
  • MID E 4158 - Trends in Modern Islam
  • MIDE 4880 - Enviro Issues in Africa & Asia

  • PHIL 3640 - World Religions (HF, IR)

  • SOC 3741 - Migrants & Communities (IR)
  • SOC 4674 - Global Health (IR)

  • ARTH 3060 - Arts of Buddhism

  • BUS 3940 - The Global Indian Ocean

  • ECON 5420 - China & the Global Economy 
  • ECON 5430 - Asian Economic History & Development (IR) (Prerequisites: ECON 2010 and 2020)
  • ECON 5530 - Principles of Economic Development (Prerequisites: ECON 2010 and 2020)

  • ENGL 3750 - Asian American Literature
  • ENGL 3780 - Global Transnational Literature
  • ENGL 5830 - Studies in Asian-American Literature

  • ETHNC 3880 - Asian Pacific American Women
  • ETHNC 3940 - People of the Pacific 
  • ETHNC 5430 - Asian American Politics 

  • GNDR 4765 - Gender & War

  • GEOG 3640 - Geography in China and Asia

  • HIST 3580 - Pre-Modern Southeast Asia
  • HIST 3590 - Modern Southeast Asia
  • HIST 4230 - Global Islam
  • HIST 4260 - French Colonial Empire
  • HIST 4620 - Gender and War
  • HIST 4765 - The Vietnam War
  • HIST 4865 - Gender, Race, and Empire in Asia

  • PHIL 3640 - World Religions

  • VIET 3010 - Third Year Vietnamese
  • VIET 3020 - Conversation and Reading

  • SOC 3741 - Immigrants & Communities (IR)
  • SOC 4674 - Global Health

  • SW 3720 - Immigration & Resettlement (also OC TH 4720)

  • ANTH 3151 - Peoples of the Pacific (IR)
  • ANTH 5960 - Tongan Culture & Island Environment

  • ETHNC 2580 - Asian Pacific American Experience (DV, BF)
  • ETHNC 2590 - Pacific Islander American Experience (DV, HF)
  • ETHNC 3590 - Pacific Islander Health Disparities
  • ETHNC 3880 - Asian Pacific Am Women
  • ETHNC 3940 - History of the Pacific Islands

  • GNDR 4765 - Gender & War

  • HIST 3910 - History of the Pacific Islands
  • HIST 4200 - History of Hawaii
  • HIST 4620 - Gender and War

  • POLS 3510 - Politics of Asia

  • PRT 5620 - Exploring Sustainability in the Pacific Islands: Study Abroad

  • CLCS 4900 - Banned Books of the Soviet Era

  • GEOG 3640 - Geography of China and Asia (BF, IF)

  • HIST 3160 - Soviet Union
  • HIST 3210 - Age of Total War
  • HIST 3220 - Post-War Europe, 1945-1991

  • ETHNC 5430 - Asian American Politics 

  • RUSS 3040 - Fifth Sem Russian
  • RUSS 3060 - Third-Year Russian 
  • RUSS 3540 - Russian Fairy Tales
  • RUSS 3550 - Russia Under the Czars (HF)
  • RUSS 3560 - Soviet Culture
  • RUSS 3580 - Russia and Asia
  • RUSS 3940 - Community Engaged Learning
  • RUSS 4610 - 4th Year Russian: Cinema
  • RUSS 4620 - 4th Year Russian: Literature
  • RUSS 4710 - 19th Century Russian Literature (CW)
  • RUSS 4720 - 20th Century Russian Literature (CW)
  • RUSS 5280 - Russian Phonetics

  • COMM 3770 - Cross-Cultural Documentary (IR)
  • COMM 3775 - Korean Media & Culture

  • ECON 2010 - Principles of Microeconomics (BF)
  • ECON 2020 - Principles of Macroeconomics (BF)

  • ETHNC 5900- Interdisciplinary Research in Ethnic Studies 
  • ETHNC 5910 - Advanced Exploration in Ethnic Studies

  • GEOG 3020 - Geographical Analysis (QI, QB)
  • GEOG 3100 - Intro to GIS (QI)

  • HIST 3100 - The Historian's Craft
  • HIST 4990 - Biography as History (CW)

  • LING 5810 - L2 Methodology
  • LING 5900 - Capstone or LING 5813 - Practicum

  • POLS 3001 - Political Analysis (QI, QB)
  • POLS 3002 - Quantitative Approaches to Int'l Relations (QI)

  • PSY 3000 - Statistical Methods in Psychology (QB,QI)
  • PSY 3010 - Research Methods in Psychology (CW) (QI)

  • SOC 3111 - Research Methods (CW)
  • SOC 3112 - Social Statistics (QB, QI)
Last Updated: 2/28/24