Asian Studies

Asian Studies


Changes effective Spring Term 2013

Faculty teaching Asian Studies courses include members of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division in the College of Professional Studies and College of Arts and Sciences. Please see the schedule of classes for each academic term for specific assignments.

The Asian Studies major provides students the opportunity to study in depth one of the most important regions in the world. The importance of Asia derives from its large population, long history, complex and diverse societies and cultures, and rising economic significance. As the peoples and nations of the world become increasingly interconnected, successful leaders will benefit from a mastery of this key region.

The Asian Studies major combines courses in history, culture, politics, business, and economics with those from modern languages and an array of electives from other disciplines. Students majoring in Asian Studies are expected to:

  • develop an understanding of the historical, cultural, political and economic forces that have shaped modern Asia,
  • master the rudiments of an Asian language, and
  • experience cultural immersion through study abroad in at least one Asian country.

Students will complete an international experience in Asia. Currently Rollins offers such experiences in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Osaka.

The Asian Studies major is designed to educate Rollins students for active citizenship and ethical leadership in a global society, and to prepare graduates for productive careers. The major spans a variety of academic departments and students are required to incorporate courses from different departments.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

 Requirements for the Asian Studies major are: twelve (12) courses, including five (5) from the history and culture category, five (5) political economy, and two (2) courses in an Asian language beyond the 100 level. At least six (6) courses must be taken at the upper division (300-400) level and no more than three (3) courses can be in any single department. Capstone course may count towards history and culture or political economy categories as a required course. The required upper division seminar (ASA 400) can be taken only after both of the required lower division courses (REL 113 and HIS 263) have been completed.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Students are highly encouraged to participate in a semester-long stay in one of the Asian Studies approved programs or universities, from which a maximum of four (4) pre-approved courses may be counted towards the major.  At a minimum, however, students are required to complete a seminar course, followed by one (1) academically-based study trip to Asia.

RESIDENCY AND DISTRIBUTION

Asian Studies majors must take all core courses at Rollins (except for courses taken by transfer students prior to admission to Rollins), at least one-half of all courses for the major at Rollins (no exemption for transfer students), and at least one-half of all courses for the major must be at the 300-400 level.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

To accommodate students with different learning styles and abilities, the foreign language study requirement may be satisfied in one of three ways.

  • First, students may take and successfully complete two (2) college-level courses (eight semester hours) or the equivalent in a single Asian language at the intermediate 200 level or beyond.
  • Second, the two-course requirement may be waived by demonstrating 'native proficiency' in a modern Asian language, as determined by the Rollins College Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. If the language is not taught at Rollins, the two-course (200 level) requirement may be waived by demonstrating a proficiency in a modern foreign language at the 'advanced' level by passing a standardized test administered by the ACTFL Testing Office. Information and application forms for these tests can be obtained from the Rollins College Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
Receiving a foreign language waiver does not reduce the total number of courses required for the Asian Studies major (12). Students receiving such a waiver are required to take two (2) additional courses in either the history and culture or political economy categories.

ASIAN STUDIES COURSES

REQUIRED COURSES

All Asian Studies majors must take the following course:

  • HIS 163 Modern East Asia
  • REL 113 Asian Religions
  • ASA 400 Senior Capstone Seminar
HISTORY AND CULTURE COURSES

  • ANT 205 Asian Film & Culture
  • ANT 233 Indian Ocean in Antiquity's
  • ANT 234 Archaeology of South Asia
  • ANT 252 Cultures of China
  • ANT 254 Cultures of Japan
  • ANT 305 Topic: Sufi-Buddhist Mysticism
  • ANT 452 Seminar: Cinema and Society in China
  • HIS 120 Decade of Decision: 1980's China
  • HIS 212/212F Journey to the Middle Kingdom (Field Study)
  • HIS 150 Modern Japan
  • HIS 161 Modern China
  • HIS 260 History of Chinese Civilization
  • HIS 262 East Asia in Pre-Modern Times
  • HIS 349 The Chinese Revolutions
  • HIS 350 U.S. and China Relations
  • HIS 361 Contemporary China
  • HIS 375 Aspects of War: The United States in Vietnam
  • INAF Japanese Culture & Society
  • PHI 211/211F Religion and Culture in Bali (Field Study)
  • REL 212 India & the Infinite: Religion & Society
  • REL 217 Jewish Life & Thought
  • REL 221 Judaism & Islam Dialogue
  • REL 230 Buddhism: Theory and Practice
  • REL 240 Buddhist Philosophy
  • REL 241 Buddhist Ethics
  • REL 251 The Lost Tribes of Israel
  • REL 300 Religion & The Body
  • REL 304 Jerusalem: History, Religion & Politics
  • REL 340 Zen Buddhism
  • 300-400 Level Language Courses
POLITICAL ECONOMY COURSES
  • ECO 203 Principles of Micro & Macro Economics
  • ECO 327 Comparative Economic Systems*
  • ECO 331 Globalization and Gender
  • ECO 351 Economic Development*
  • INB 200 Introduction to International Business
  • INB 300 International Business Operations
  • INB 311 Asian Business Environment
  • INB 315/SHA 315 Business & Economic Development in Modern China
  • INB 340 Globalization & Gender
  • INB 390 Inter Market and China
  • POL 130 Introduction to International Politics
  • POL 302 Politics in the Third World
  • POL 325 Sustainable Dev. in Southeast Asia
  • POL 331 International Political Economy
  • POL 334 Political Economy of Japan
  • POL 384 East Asian Politics
  • POL 385/SHA 385 Politics in China
  • POL 393 Vietnam Experience Online
  • 300-400 Level Language Courses

* Note that ECO 202 is a prerequisite for ECO 203, and both ECO 202 and 203 are prerequisites for ECO 327 and ECO 351.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Six (6) courses are required for the Asian Studies minor, one of which must be HIS 263 East Asia in Modern Times. No more than three (3) courses may be taken in any one department and no more than two (2) language courses may be counted toward the minor. At least three (3) of the courses must be taken at Rollins, and of these at least two (2) must be upper division.

1. CORE COURSE

  • HIS 263 East Asia in Modern Times

2. Two (2) courses from the following group.

  • ANT 205 Asian Film & Culture
  • ANT 305 Topic: Sufi-Buddhist Mysticism
  • ANT 233 Indian Ocean in Antiquity's
  • ANT 234 Archaeology of South Asia
  • ANT 252 Cultures of China
  • ANT 254 Cultures of Japan
  • CHN 101 Elementary Mandarin Chinese I
  • CHN 102 Elementary Mandarin Chinese II
  • CHN 201 Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHN 202 Intermediate Chinese II
  • JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I
  • JPN 102 Elementary Japanese II
  • JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I
  • JPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II
  • HIS 120 Decade of Decision: 1980's China
  • HIS 212/212F A Journey to the Middle Kingdom (field study)
  • HIS 150 Modern Japan
  • HIS 161 Modern China
  • HIS 260 History of Chinese Civilization
  • HIS 262 East Asia in Pre-Modern Times
  • INAF Japanese Culture & Society
  • PHI 211/211F Religion and Culture in Bali (field study)
  • REL 113 Asian Religions
  • REL 212 India & the Infinite: Religion & Society
  • REL 217 Jewish Life & Thought
  • REL 221 Judaism & Islam in Dialogue
  • REL 230 Buddhism: Theory and Practice
  • REL 240 Buddhist Philosophy
  • REL 241 Buddhist Ethics
  • REL 251 The Lost Tribes of Israel
  • REL 300 Religion & The Body
  • REL 304 Jerusalem: History, Religion & Politics
  • REL 340 Zen Buddhism
  • 300-400 Level Languages Courses

3. Three (3) courses from the following group.

  • ANT 452 Seminar: Cinema and Society in China
  • ECO 203 Principles of Micro & Macro Economics
  • ECO 327 Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECO 331 Globalization and Gender
  • ECO 351 Economic Development
  • HIS 349 The Chinese Revolution
  • HIS 350/SHA 350 U.S. and China Relations
  • HIS 361 Contemporary China
  • HIS 375 Aspects of War: The United States in Vietnam
  • INB 200 Introduction to International Business
  • INB 300 International Business Operations
  • INB 311 Asian Business Environment
  • INB 315/SHA 315 Business Economic Development in Modern China
  • INB 340 Globalization & Gender
  • INB 390 Inter Market Research and China
  • POL 130 Introduction to International Politics
  • POL 302 Poltics in the Third World
  • POL 325 Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia
  • POL 331 International Political Economy
  • POL 334 Political Economy of Japan
  • POL 384 East Asian Politics
  • POL 385 Politics and Society in Contemporary China
  • POL 393 Vietnam Experience Online
  • 300-400 Level Language Courses

Course of Study

ASA 400 Senior Capstone Seminar: Guides students in preparing, presenting, and writing a research paper on a topic related to Asia. Requires bibliographies, multiple drafts, and in-class oral presentation. Prerequisites: Senior standing and HIS 263 or instructor permission.