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Requirements

Major
Our majors learn to view Asia from a variety of perspectives. Students who plan to elect an Asian Studies major must meet with the Asian Studies Director, Ann Marie Leshkowich, who may be contacted directly (Beaven 230, aleshkow@holycross.edu) or through Karen Todd in the CIS office (Smith 329, ktodd@holycross.edu) to construct an initial plan of study.

To assist you and the Director with planning your courses for a major, please review the requirements below, and then click here to bring up the ASTD Major Course Planning Form, download this pdf form and  enter your information on this fillable form.  Please email a copy of the completed form to the Director and bring a copy of it with you to the meeting with the Director.  Once the Director has approved the plan of study, students can add the major by completing the online process to change their academic plan.

Students may decide how they want to formulate their geographic focus, but they must fulfill the interdisciplinary pattern outlined below. In other words, a student might want to focus on China from a variety of disciplines, or on India and Southeast Asia, or expand their knowledge across the Asian region. We are prepared to consider individual proposals for a major in a specific theme — Public Health in Asia, for example, but this route can be taken only with the consultation of the Asian Studies faculty and approval of the Director. All majors, no matter what their direction, must take one year of an Asian language as described below. Students may take a maximum of 14 and a minimum of 10 courses. Majors must meet the following requirements:

  • One introductory survey of Asia (HIST 103 Perspectives on Asia I: "Traditional" East Asia; HIST 104 Perspectives on Asia II: Modern Transformations; ANTH 170 Contemporary Asia; PHIL 255 Asian Philosophy; or RELS 106 Buddhism). If these courses are not available to fit the schedules of students, the director can approve a substitute course that offers a broad perspective on Asia.
  • One course on the Arts of Asia: This could include offerings in literature, theatre, studio art, art history, and music with a limit of three courses in the performing arts.
  • One course that offers an historical perspective (beyond HIST 103 or 104): This course should be taken with a faculty member in the history department who specializes in the area that a student chooses to investigate in East, Southeast, or South Asia.
  • One course that focuses on religion in one or more areas of Asia. Normally these courses would be taken from faculty in the Religious Studies Department or in another department with the approval of the Director.
  • One course that provides a methodological or analytical framework for approaching the study of Asia. This course does not necessarily need to be devoted to an Asian theme.  In consultation with their Asian Studies advisor, students may choose this course from approved offerings in academic departments.
  • At least three additional courses on Asia with two of them above the 100 level.
  • Language Requirement: The requirement for a major is knowledge of an Asian language equivalent to one year of college study in a language relevant to the geographic area or theme on which the student chooses to focus. This requirement can be fulfilled in a number of ways:
  1. Completion of one year of language study at the College.
  2. Completion of intensive language study as part of an approved study abroad program. (Note that all of the approved programs in Asia provide intensive language study options with additional classroom hours so that students cover in one semester the equivalent of two semesters of language study.)
  3. Completion of intensive language study in an approved summer program.
  4. Students who acquire knowledge of an Asian language in alternative ways, e.g., through advanced placement or non-credit bearing language study such as online courses or who are heritage speakers must be evaluated by a language placement exam. These students must take additional electives to fulfill the ten course minimum requirement for the major. Students can email Prof. Claudia Ross (cross@holycross.edu) regarding this process.

Minor
Students may elect a minor in Asian Studies in conjunction with any major. Students are normally expected to declare the minor by the second semester of their junior year.

Students who plan to elect an Asian Studies minor must meet with the Asian Studies Director, Ann Marie Leshkowich, who may be contacted directly (Beaven 230, aleshkow@holycross.edu) or through Karen Todd (Smith 329, ktodd@holycross.edu) to construct an initial plan of study.

To assist you and the Director with planning your courses for a minor, please review the requirements below, and then click here to bring up the fillable ASTD Minor Course Planning Form, download this pdf form and enter your information on on this fillable form.  Please email a copy of the completed form to the Director and bring a copy of it with you to the meeting with the Director.  Once the Director has approved the plan of study, students can add the minor by completing the online process to change their academic plan.

In order to fulfill requirements for the minor in Asian Studies, students must complete six courses according to the following requirements:

Asian Studies Requirements and Guidelines

  • One introductory course from a list of regular offerings that provide a broad overview of Asia (HIST 103 Perspectives on Asia: "Traditional" East Asia; HIST 104 Perspectives on Asia: Modern Transformations; ANTH 170 Contemporary Asia; PHIL 255 Asian Philosophy; or RELS 106 Buddhism). Students who cannot enroll in one of these introductory survey courses can work with the director of the program to find a suitable alternative course.
  • In addition to the introductory course, students must choose five electives on Asia. In order to fulfill our mission to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to Asia, a maximum of two courses in any one discipline (i.e., history, anthropology, philosophy, economics, political science, theatre, music, language, linguistics, literature, religious studies) can be applied toward the minor.
  • We strongly encourage students to elect at least one course in each of two sub-regions of Asia: South and Southeast Asia (India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, or Indonesia) and East Asia (China, Japan and Korea).
  • Two courses taken in a College-approved Study Abroad Program may count toward the minor. Students should consult with the Asian Studies Director to make sure that courses taken abroad fulfill the proper requirements.