Asian Studies Minor Requirements

Students must take six courses selected from the following two groups, with at least four courses from the Asia grouping.

Students may substitute language study, through courses at Stonehill or courses taken elsewhere, but they may only use two foreign language courses towards the minor. Appropriate languages include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, and Urdu. Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the Program Director.

Asia Courses

Code Course Credits

ENG 392

Topics in Postcolonial and Global Literature     (when the focus in on Asia)

Offered: Spring Semester

An investigation of themes within the frame of postcolonial studies. Topics will vary from semester to semester.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ. Specific topics and descriptions offered in a given semester can be found on the Registrar's website at www.stonehill.edu/offices-services/registrar/course-listings.

3

HIS 100

Perspectives on China (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course follows in the footsteps of Venetian merchants, Japanese monks, British diplomats, Western missionaries and other foreign visitors to China's shores throughout the centuries. We explore what happens when cultures meet for the first time, how they perceive one another, and how this shapes the writing of history.

Prerequisite(s): HIS121 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
Considered a World History. When offered as HIS 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement. When offered as HIS121, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.

3 or 4

HIS 270

Modern China

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An introduction to the dramatic transformations in China’s political, economic and socio-cultural life from the seventeenth century to the present. The course will cover transitions from dynastic to republican to communist rule, encounters with the West, socio-economic reforms, and the challenges of modernization in the world’s oldest continuous civilization and bureaucratic state.

Considered a World History.

3

HIS 279

Modern Japan

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

From shogun to skinkansen – a survey of Japan from the seventeenth century to the present, examining the political, social and economic changes that accompanied its transformation from feudal shogunate to modern nation-state. Topics covered include the Meiji Revolution, modernization, the rise of nationalism, and Japan’s relations with Western and Asian powers.

Considered a World History.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 283

East Asian History I

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

A broad survey of major developments in East Asian history from the time of its earliest written records (circa 1200 B.C.E.) to 1800 C.E. Draws on primary sources, secondary scholarship, and examples of material culture to highlight key themes in the political, social and cultural life in China, Japan and Korea. These themes include state formation and dissolution, religious beliefs, political ideologies, philosophy and literature, economic activities and social relations.

Considered a World History.

3

HIS 284

East Asian History II

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An introduction to the turbulent histories of modern China, Japan and Korea, covering their major political, economic and socio-cultural transformations from 1800 onwards. Themes considered include encounters with Western military and economic expansion, the role of cultural exchanges in Asia, and the rapidly growing role of East Asia in present-day globalization.

Considered a World History.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 329

The Vietnam Era and Its Legacy

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

An examination of U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia and the war in Vietnam from the 1940s to the present. The course explores the origins of the U.S. military commitment in Southeast Asia and the ultimate failure of U.S. policy. The effects of the war on veterans and the home front, the peace movement, and the legacy of the war for contemporary U.S. society is also examined.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a United States History. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 373

Asian Encounters with Empire

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An examination of the imperial experience in East, Southeast and South Asia during the nineteenth and twentieth century’s, encompassing the impact of both European and Asian expansions. Themes include issues of race, gender, modernization, orientalism and colonial legacies.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Considered a World History. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 374

The Modern Girl in China and Japan

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Explores the emergence of the Modern Girl, a revolutionary phenomenon in early twentieth-century China and Japan who defied social conventions regarding domesticity, sexuality, politics, commercial consumption, and nation-state ideals of the Female Citizen. Incorporating literature and film, this course examines global commercialization, marriage and family, education, feminism, and gendered nationalisms.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore Standing and above.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

PHL 253

Asian Philosophies

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

What is the nature of the self? What is the divine like? How should we live? What happens when we die? In this course, we discuss answers to these and many other questions from some of the rich philosophical traditions outside the Western world.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Philosophy course.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

POL 355

Politics of East Asia

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This course provides an introduction to the methods that political scientists use to answer questions. Students will learn analytical tools to critically evaluate and conduct research. The course will cover research design, hypothesis formulation, and various qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analyzing data. Students will also construct a research design for a political science topic of interest to them.

Prerequisite(s): POL 143.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

REL 210

Religions of China and Japan

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

An exploration of Confucianism and Taoism in China, and Shinto and Buddhism in Japan, with an emphasis on nature in these religions.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

REL 307

Buddhist Ethics

Offered: Fall Semester

An exploration of traditional Buddhist ethics, moral arguments Buddhists have advanced about contemporary issues, and points of comparison with philosophical and Christian ethics.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

REL 323

Gods and War: Religion, Ideology, and Nationalism in Japan and the United States

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

An exploration of how religions in Japan and the United States have helped formulate national identities and mobilize citizens for war.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Course fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement and may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

General Courses

Code Course Credits

BUS 336

International Business

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course introduces the students to the economic, political, and cultural environments affecting international business. In addition, the influence of government on trade, foreign direct investment, foreign exchange, export and import strategies, and the impact of multinational enterprises will be discussed. Students will also be exposed to the comprehensive set of dynamics that comprise international business decision environments and will learn to evaluate alternative courses of action in a global setting. Particular emphasis will be placed on areas of current importance. Extensive use of cases and readings.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studiesminor & Middle Eastern Studies minor.

4

COM 315

Intercultural Communication

Offered: Spring Semester

Examines the role of communication in the creation and transmission of cultural knowledge and practice. Discusses the impact of communication differences in cross cultural contexts.

Prerequisite(s): COM 105.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studiesminor &Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

CRM 355

Globalization and Transnational Crime

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2014, 2016

The course begins with an introduction to the dimensions of globalization and its effects on society, people, and crime. Thereafter, the nature and manifestations of transnational crimes will be examined, including money laundering, corruption, corporate deviance, trafficking, smuggling, and piracy. The course looks at understanding causation, victimization, and control problems faced in the global age, as nations become increasingly interdependent.

Prerequisite(s): CRM 120 or CRM 201.
Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor.

3

ECO 311

International Economics

Offered: Spring Semester

This course covers the major themes of the theory of international trade. The gains from trade, tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, the theories of international trade such as the theory of absolute and comparative advantage and the Heckscher-Ohlin theory will be studied. The justifications for trade protection, its effects on the economy, historical and contemporary U.S. trade policy and the economics of regional trade agreements will also be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): ECO 176and ECO 178(or their corresponding First-Year Seminar equivalents.)
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor and Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

ECO 343

International Finance

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Different aspects of the international financial markets, international trade, and balance of payments are studied by using analytical models of an open economy. This course examines the structure and the performance of the foreign exchange market through an extensive use of the Bloomberg technology. Using Bloomberg, students learn the interactions between economic news, global financial markets and exchange rates. Particular emphasis is placed on current issues related to the global financial crisis, international monetary system, the European Union and The European Bank. Other topics include money and financial management for international corporations, interest and commodity arbitrage, spot and forward currency markets. Bloomberg Financial Terminals and Bridge Telerate are used in the course in order to give students a more hands-on knowledge of the international financial markets.

Prerequisite(s): ECO 176and ECO 178or their corresponding First-Year Seminar equivalents.
May not receive credit for both ECO 343 and BUS 425.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor and Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

ENG 395

Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Culture

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

A critical introduction to the poetry, fiction, and drama of the postcolonial world. Discussions will be informed by an introduction to postcolonial theory.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 271

World History I (History Cornerstone)

Offered: Fall Semester

This course examines the history of humanity from the emergence of our species to the early modern era. Explores how and why humans shifted from nomadic hunting and gathering to settled agriculture societies creating cities, states, and empires. Examines the consequences of this transition for human societies and the environment.

Considered a World History. Fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

HIS 272

World History II (History Cornerstone)

Offered: Spring Semester

Examines the history of the human community from the early modern era to the present. Explores how and why industry, nation states, and European style economics have come to define the modern world. It analyzes the interconnections and interdependencies, nowadays called “globalization” that continue to define human historical development.

Considered a World History. Fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

POL 143

International Politics

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An exploration of the formation of foreign policy, the structure and processes of international systems, patterns of conflict, economic and security issues, and institutions and processes of conflict resolution.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 234

Comparing States

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The variations in political systems of states will be explored in terms of state-society relations. Types of democratic and authoritarian systems will be investigated, as well as conditions of their consolidation, change or transformation. In addition, the role of such forces as political protest and participation, ideologies and civil society on shaping politics and policy outcomes will be explored through comparative case studies of countries around the world.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 249

Contemporary Global Conflict

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Conflicts around the globe are grounded in ethno-national or ethno-religious foundations and exemplify this low level but intensely savage terrorism and war. The course will look at the explanations and analyze the causes of such wars and the strategies policy makers offer to deal with the consequences.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 344

Contemporary Global Issues

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Key issues in international relations: Terrorism, civil and ethnic conflict, economic interdependence, weapons of mass destruction, international political economy, human rights, failed states, and global warming.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

POL 353

International Organizations and State Building

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2014, 2016

Explores the extent to which international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank are able to alter the contours of statehood and state sovereignty and whether such international organizations serve or dominate state actors. Case studies are Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Iraq.

Prerequisite(s): POL 143.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

SOC 202

Sociology of Globalization

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Globalization is shrinking the world. How and why did this happen? This course will explore global change and the global processes which effect political, economic, and cultural realms. Important topics include: globalization and the state, global politics, the global economy and inequality, and globalization's homogenizing and diversifying effects.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

SOC 228

Cultural Anthropology

Offered: Fall Semester

This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology and is designed as an exploration into the diversity of ways in which human beings perceive and order the social world. Topics covered include kinship, gender, language, ecology, economy, political organization, globalization, religion and worldview from a diverse array of cultural viewpoints. Course readings and films include both classic and contemporary ethnographies.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

SOC 233

Language and Culture

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

An overview of linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics, the study of the relationship between language, culture, and society. The nature of human language will be explored by studying language in a variety of social contexts with the goal of better understanding how language and culture interact to reflect, maintain, alter, and create social worlds in which we live.

Course may be applied to the Anthropology minor. Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

VPM 184

History of Music II: Non-Western Traditions

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This introduction to world music covers the rich and fascinating vocal and instrumental music from the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific, as well as non-classical musical traditions of Europe and North America. The class will examine various types of music; the instruments which best represent them, and the cultures in which they are embedded. The class will attend concerts of live music on and off campus.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

Asian Language Courses at Stonehill

Code Course Credits

CHN 131

Elementary Chinese I

Offered: Fall Semester

An introduction to modern standard Chinese commonly referred to as Mandarin. Focus of the course is on basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and Pinyin (spelling the sound) system. Students will learn common vocabulary, simple sentence structures and everyday conversational Chinese. Both simplified and traditional character formations will be introduced but the writing will emphasize the simplified form. Chinese culture, customs and history will be incorporated into the course curriculum.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

CHN 132

Elementary Chinese II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of CHN 131 - Elementary Chinese I.

Prerequisite(s): CHN 131 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

3

CHN 231

Intermediate Chinese I

Offered: Fall Semester

In both semesters of the intermediate course, students expand their previous ability in their foreign language and develop the ability to: when speaking, use strings of related sentences; when listening, understand most spoken language when the message is deliberately and carefully conveyed by a speaker accustomed to dealing with learners; when writing, create simple paragraphs; when reading, acquire knowledge and new information from comprehensive authentic text. The course integrates history and culture, as well as contemporary events and issues.

Prerequisite(s): CHN 132 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies program.

3

CHN 232

Intermediate Chinese II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of CHN 231 - Intermediate Chinese I.

Prerequisite(s): CHN 231 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies program.

3

CHN 331

Advanced Chinese I

Offered: Fall Semester

In both semesters of Advanced Chinese, students build upon their previous ability and develop the ability to: speak simple dialogue of paragraph length; understand more authentic speech; write a series of coherent paragraphs; read authentic text to acquire information. The course integrates history and culture, as well as contemporary events and issues.

Prerequisite(s): CHN 232 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies program.

3

CHN 332

Advanced Chinese II

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a continuation of CHN 331 - Advanced Chinese I.

Prerequisite(s): CHN 331 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies program.

3

CHN 333

Chinese TV Series

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

Study of contemporary Chinese TV Series with an emphasis on conversation, culture and language proficiency. The class will view and discuss TV episodes. Students will study the corresponding scripts, related grammar and vocabulary. Completion of written and oral assignments is also required.

Prerequisite(s): CHN 232 or equivalent.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studies program.

3

Note:

Students may petition the Program Director for credit approval for a relevant course not included in the above lists.