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The Asian Studies at Ohio University offers three concentrations of studies:

Below is more information on each concentration:

East Asia Specialization

Courses with at least 50% East Asian content

  • AH 5161 Art of Medieval China
  • AH 5171 Art of Modern China
  • AH 5181 Contemporary Asian Art
  • AH 5191 Visual Culture of China
  • AH 5400 Asian Art History
  • AH 5410 History of Chinese Art
  • AH 5430 History of Japanese Art
  • CHIN 5310 Advanced Chinese I
  • CHIN 5320 Advanced Chinese II
  • ECON 5750 Economics of China
  • ECON 5760 Economics of Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia
  • GEOG 5380 Geography of Asia
  • HIST 5460 Ancient China
  • HIST 5461 Imperial China
  • HIST 5462 Modern China Since 1911
  • HIST 5480 Traditional Japan
  • HIST 5481 Modern Japan
  • HIST 6505 Colloquium East Asian History
  • HIST 6500 Seminar: East Asian History
  • ILL 5890 Women in Chinese Literature
  • JAPA 5310 Advanced Japanese I
  • JAPA 5320 Advanced Japanese II
  • JPC 5100 Field Study in Japan
  • JPC 5500 Japan: Sociocultural Interpretation
  • JPC 5900 Special Topics in Japanese Culture
  • POLS 5440 East Asian World Politics
  • POLS 545 Government and Politics of Japan
  • POLS 6300 Seminar in Comparative Politics

Southeast Asia Specialization

Courses with at least 50% Southeast Asian content

  • ANTH 5850 Cultures of SE Asia
  • ANTH 5860 Problems in SE Asia Anthropology
  • ANTH 5941 Seminar: Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 5930 Readings in SE Asia Anthropology
  • CLWR 5330 Islam
  • CLWR 5420 Political Islam
  • CLWR 5430 Sufism in Islam
  • CLWR 5350 Buddhism
  • CLWR 5450 Women in Buddhist Traditions
  • CLWR 5410 Contemp. Religious Thought
  • ECON 5760 Economics of Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia
  • GEOG 5290 World Economic Geography
  • GEOG 5380 Geography of Asia
  • GEOG 6380 Seminar in Regional Geography: Asia
  • HIST 5050 US & Vietnam War
  • HIST 5450 SE Asia to 1750
  • HIST 5451 SE Asia 1750-1942
  • HIST 5452 SE Asia since 1942
  • HIST 6400 Seminar: SE Asia
  • HIST 6930 Directed Study in History
  • HIST 6405 Colloquium in SE Asia History
  • IART 5601 Southeast Asian Puppet Theater
  • INDO 5310 Advanced Indonesian I
  • INDO 5320 Advanced Indonesian II
  • INST 5201 Focus on Malaysia
  • INST 5202 Tun Razak Seminar
  • INST 5906 Special Topics in SE Asian Studies
  • INST 5907 Special Topics in SE Asian Studies
  • INST 6908 Special Topics in SE Asian Studies
  • MDIA 7670 Comparative Int'l Media Systems
  • PBIO 5220 Tropical Plant Ecology
  • POLS 5470 Government & Politics Southeast Asia
  • THAI 5310 Advanced Thai I
  • THAI 5320 Advanced Thai II

Transnational Asia Specialization

Arts, Popular Culture and the Media Track

Asia's complex and widely varied cultures present a rich array of unique regional art forms and performance practices that are studied in this specialty. In contemporary societies, these artistic expressions have been extended and reformed in modern popular cultures and in media representations. Topics within this specialization include subjects such as puppetry of Southeast Asia, Art History of Asia, Modern and Traditional Literature of Southeast Asia, and Comparative Media Systems.

  • AH 5161 Art of Medieval China
  • AH 5171 Art of Early Modern China
  • AH 5181 Contemporary Asian Art
  • AH 5191 Visual Culture of China
  • AH 5400 Asian Art History
  • AH 5430 History of Japanese Art
  • AH 5410 History of Chinese Art
  • IART 5401 World Aesthetic Ideas
  • IART 5601 Southeast Asian Puppet Theater
  • IART 7502 Performance Studies: The Body
  • IART 7503 Performance Studies
  • IART 8901 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Arts
  • ILL 5890 Women in Chinese Literature
  • JOUR 5230 International and Cross-cultural Advertising
  • JOUR 5660 International Mass Media
  • JOUR 8660 Seminar in International Mass Media
  • JPC 5900 Special Topics in Japanese Culture
  • MDIA 6010 Mass Communication Research
  • MDIA 7670 Comparative and International Media Systems


Gender, Ethnicity, and Religion Track

This thematic track examines gender, ethnicity, and religion as critical identity categories that form the basis of modern communities and nation-states in and across Asia, with special attention to how these social institutions intersect and are shaped by historical, political, and economic processes. Topics include: the construction of ethnic and national identities during colonial and post-colonial periods; the meanings and values associated with gender identities and gender differences in various social and political contexts; and how historical changes shape religious traditions across time.

  • ANTH 5450 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH 5570 Anthropology of Religion
  • ANTH 5800 Cultures of South Asia
  • ANTH 5850 Cultures of SE Asia
  • ANTH 5860 Problems in SEA Anthropology
  • CLWR 5330 Islam
  • CLWR 5420 Political Islam
  • CLWR 5340 Hinduism
  • CLWR 5350 Buddhism
  • CLWR 5450 Women in Buddhist Traditions
  • CLWR 5410 Contemporary Religious Thought
  • COMS 5200 Cross-Cultural Communication
  • COMS 7130 Qualitative Research: Ethnography of Communication
  • COMS 7300 Introduction to Rhetoric and Public Culture
  • COMS 8420 Health and Communication Culture
  • EDCS 6010 Education and Cultural Diversity
  • POLS 5490 Nationalism /Ethnic Conflict
  • GEOG 6430 Seminar in Development: Gender and Development
  • WGS 5110 Women and Globalization
  • WGS 5100 Global Feminism

Globalization, Conflict, and Social Change Track

This thematic track examines processes of social and cultural transformations in colonial and post- colonial periods in and across Asia, with special attention to local/global linkages, including attention to the challenges of living in a global world: socioeconomic development, urban expansion, transnational movement and migration, nationalism and pluralism, ethnic conflict, state violence and genocide, community-based social movements, international law, conflict resolution, and other forms of public action for social change.

  • ANTH 5530 Anthropology of Violence and Peace
  • ANTH 5620 Human Rights, Law, and Justice
  • CLWR 5420 Political Islam
  • ECON 5120 Economics of Poverty
  • EDCS 5080 Poverty, Education, and International Development
  • GEOG 5290 World Economic Geography
  • GEOG 6290 Seminar in Economic Geography
  • HIST 5050 US and the Vietnam War
  • HIST 5330 Oil and World Power
  • HIST 5450 Southeast Asia to 1750
  • HIST 5451 Southeast Asia 1750-1942
  • HIST 5452 Southeast Asia 1942-Present
  • HIST 5462 Modern China Since 1911
  • HIST 5481 Modern Japan
  • HIST 5742 The Cold War, 1941-1989
  • HIST 5924 Rise of the British Empire
  • HIST 5931 Fall of the British Empire
  • POLS 5400 Politics of Developing Areas
  • POLS 5440 East Asia in World Politics
  • POLS 5550 International Law
  • POLS 5560 International Organizations
  • POLS 5570 Contemporary National Security
  • POLS 5580 Intro to War and Its Causes
  • POLS 5600 International Political Economy
  • POLS 6300 Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • SOC 5140 Contemporary Social Movements
  • SOC 5320 Political Sociology
  • SOC 5650 Social Change

   

   
   

   
   

   
   

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