Asian Studies


Changes effective Fall Term 2018

D'Amato Fetscherin Greenberg
Kupetz
Lackman Peng Warnecke Wei
Yao Yu Zhang



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: eleven (11) courses, including four (4) from the history and culture category, four (4) political economy, two (2) courses in an Asian language beyond the 100 level, and a senor capstone. There are three options for fulfilling the senior capstone requirement for Asian Studies: (1) completing ASA 400 Senior Capstone (normally done through an Independent Study), (2) completing a 400-level senior seminar course in HIS, REL, ECO, INB/BUS, or POL in which the student completes an Asia-related final research paper, or (3) completing a two-semester honors thesis for Honors in the Major for Asian Studies. 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.

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), and at least one-half of all courses for the major must be taken at Rollins (no exemption for transfer students). Also, 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 two 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 (11). 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 courses:
  • HIS 163 Modern East Asia
  • REL 113 Asian Religions
  • A Senior Capstone
HISTORY AND CULTURE COURSES
  • ASA 300 Cinema and Society in China
  • CHN 301 Advanced Chinese I
  • CHN 302 Advanced Chinese II
  • CHN 401/402 Advanced Chinese III/IV
  • EDU 346/546 Intercultural Studies: Teaching Practicum in China
  • HIS 120 Decade of Decision: China
  • HIS 150 Modern Japan
  • HIS 161 Modern China
  • HIS 201 Researching Asian History
  • HIS 349 Mao and the Chinese Revolutions
  • HIS 361 Contemporary China
  • HIS 375 Aspects of War: Asia
  • REL 217 Jewish Life & Thought
  • REL 230 Buddhism: Theory and Practice
  • REL 240 Buddhist Philosophy
  • REL 241 Buddhist Ethics
  • REL 300 Religion and the Body
  • REL 304 Jerusalem: History, Religion & Politics
  • REL 340 Zen Buddhism
POLITICAL ECONOMY COURSES
  • BUS 233 Micro & Macro Economics
  • ECO 135 The Global Economy
  • ECO 203 Principles of Micro & Macro Economics
  • ECO 263 Pressing Issues in Chinese Reforms
  • ECO 323 Political Economy of Chinese Development
  • ECO 327 Comparative Economic Systems*
  • ECO 351 Economic Development*
  • HIS 350 U.S. and China Relations
  • INB 200 Introduction to International Business
  • INB 311 Asian Business Environment
  • INB 312 Asian Economic Tigers
  • POL 130 Introduction to International Politics
  • POL 302 The Politics of Global Poverty
  • POL 325 Sustainable Dev. in Southeast Asia
  • POL 331 International Political Economy
  • SE 220 Global Development

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

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Two (2) courses at the intermediate 200 level or beyond in a single Asian language are required. Students are encouraged to take these foreign language courses in the host country.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Six (6) courses are required for the Asian Studies minor, two of which must be HIS 163 Modern East Asia and REL 113 Asian Religions. Three (3) courses must come from the history and culture category, two (2) from political economy, and one (1) course in an Asian language at any level. No more than three (3) courses may be taken in any one department and no more than three (3) languages courses may be counted toward the minor. At least three (3) of the courses must be taken at Rollins, and of these two (2) must be upper division.

REQUIRED COURSES

All Asian Studies minors must take the following courses:

  • HIS 163 Modern East Asia
  • REL 113 Asian Religions

HISTORY AND CULTURE

  • ASA 300 Cinema and Society in China
  • CHN 301 Advanced Chinese I
  • CHN 302 Advanced Chinese II
  • CHN 401/402 Advanced Chinese III/IV
  • EDU 346/546 Intercultural Studies: Teaching Practicum in China
  • HIS 120 Decade of Decision: China
  • HIS 150 Modern Japan
  • HIS 161 Modern China
  • HIS 201 Researching Asian History
  • HIS 349 Mao and the Chinese Revolutions
  • HIS 361 Contemporary China
  • HIS 375 Aspects of War: Asia
  • REL 217 Jewish Life & Thought
  • REL 230 Buddhism: Theory and Practice
  • REL 240 Buddhist Philosophy
  • REL 241 Buddhist Ethics
  • REL 300 Religion and the Body
  • REL 304 Jerusalem: History, Religion & Politics
  • REL 340 Zen Buddhism

POLITICAL ECONOMY

  • BUS 233 Micro & Macro Economics
  • ECO 135 The Global Economy
  • ECO 203 Principles of Micro & Macro Economics
  • ECO 263 Pressing Issues in Chinese Reforms
  • ECO 323 Political Economy of Chinese Development
  • ECO 327 Comparative Economic Systems*
  • ECO 351 Economic Development*
  • HIS 350 U.S. and China Relations
  • INB 200 Introduction to International Business
  • INB 311 Asian Business Environment
  • INB 312 Asian Economic Tigers
  • POL 130 Introduction to International Politics
  • POL 302 The Politics of Global Poverty
  • POL 325 Sustainable Dev. in Southeast Asia
  • POL 331 International Political Economy
  • SE 220 Global Development

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

One (1) course at any level in a single Asian language is required. Students are encouraged to take these foreign language courses in the host-country. Three Asian language courses may count toward the minor but at least one Asian language at any level is required. Students can take up to two (2) additional Asian languages which may count for the history and culture or the political economy categories.

  • ARA 101 Elementary Arabic I
  • ARA 102 Elementary Arabic II
  • ARA 201 Intermediate Arabic I
  • ARA 202 Intermediate Arabic II
  • CHN 101 Elementary Chinese I
  • CHN 102 Elementary Chinese II
  • CHN 152 Elementary Chinese Conversation I
  • CHN 152 Elementary Chinese Conversation II
  • CHN 201 Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHN 202 Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHN 251 Chinese Conversation II
  • CHN 301 Advanced Chinese I
  • CHN 302 Advanced Chinese II
  • CHN 401/402 Advanced Chinese III/IV
  • HBR 101/102 Elementary Hebrew
  • HBR 201 Intermediate Hebrew II
  • HBR 202 Intermediate Hebrew
  • JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I
  • JPN 102 Elementary Japanese II
  • JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I

Course of Study

ASA 300 Cinema and Society in China: Considers the society of PRC, Taiwan and Hong Kong through their portrayals in film, with attention to the political and social forces that shape these cinematic imageries.

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 163 or instructor permission.