Requirements for the Major and Minor in Asian and Asian American Studies

The major in Asian and Asian American Studies leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses taken for the major must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of C or higher.  Completion of the major requires 42 to 44 credits, including at least 21 upper-division credits.

A.  Language Proficiency
Six credits (or the equivalent of one year) of college study of an Asian language at the intermediate level or above.  

B.  Regional Focus
Fifteen credits of coursework focusing on the region of East Asia, South Asia, or Southeast Asia. At least nine credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.

C. Asian American Studies
Three credits of coursework focusing on Asian American studies.  

D.  Comparative Region
Six credits of upper-division coursework relating to one or two other regions of Asia (i.e., one or two regions not selected to satisfy requirement B).

E.  Theme Requirement
Nine credits of upper-division coursework concentrating on a theme chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Themes

Possible themes include (but are not limited to): Literature, Arts, and Cul­ture of Asia; Asian Philosophy and Religion; Asian Society and History; Linguistics of an Asian language; Asian Histories and Politics; In­ternational Relations; Business and Eco­no­mics; Science and Technology; Advanced Language Study; the Asian American Experience.

Three sample themes include:

1) Asian Philosophy and Religion

AAS 391, AAS 392 Humanities Topics in Asian and Asian American Studies (when appropriate)
AAS 367/RLS 367 Meditation and En­lightenment
AAS 380/RLS 380 Islamic Classics
AAS 382/RLS 382 Japanese Buddhism
AAS 346 Philosophy of Education in Korea and Japan
PHI 342 History of Chinese Philosophy
PHI 344 Japanese Thought and Philosophy
PHI 378 Philosophical Topics in Asian American History (when appropriate)

2) Literature, Arts, and Culture of Asia

AAS/EGL 305 The Pacific, Travel, and Empire
AAS 320 Literature of India
AAS 321 Korean Literature
AAS 331 Japanese Literature in the Feminine Domain
AAS 332 Japanese Literature in the Meiji Era
AAS 333 Indian Cinemas & Cultures
AAS 391, AAS 392 Humanities Topics in Asian and Asian American Studies (when appropriate)
AAS 317/ARH 317 Islamic Art
AAS 394/ARH 394 Topics in Asian Art
AAS 391/AAS 392 Topics in Asian and Asian American Studies (when appropriate)
AAS 322 Literature of Japan
AAS 321 Korean Literature
ARH 318 History of Chinese Painting
THR 313 Asian Theatre and Drama

3) Society and Contemporary Issues 

AAS 300 Intellectual History of East Asia
AAS/EGL 305 The Pacific, Travel, and Empire
AAS 330 Language and Society in South Asia
AAS 331 Japanese Literature in the Feminine Domain
AAS 332 Japanese Literature in the Meiji Era
AAS 333 Indian Cinemas & Cultures
AAS 357 India's Foreign Policy
AAS 392 Social Science Topics in Asian and Asian American Studies (when appropriate)
AAS 371/ANT 371 Ancient China
AAS 372/ANT 372 Family, Marriage, and Kinship in China
AAS 379/ANT 379 Ethnicity and Ecology in China
AAS 340/HIS 340 Topics in Asian History
AAS 341/HIS 341 20th Century China
AAS 345/HIS 345/WST 345 Women and Gender in Chinese History
AAS 348/HIS 348 History of British India
AAS 351/HIS 351 Revolutionary China: Politics, Culture, and Power
AAS 352/HIS 352 Environmental History of China
ECO 339 China's Economy Since 1949
ECO 340 Japanese Economy
HIS 344 20th Century Japan
HIS 431/HIS 432 Colloquia in Asian History

F.   Senior Seminar 

AAS 401 Senior Seminar in Asian and Asian American Studies

G.  Upper-Division Writing Requirement

By the end of their junior year, students must complete one upper-division course from requirements B, D, or E that includes a minimum of ten pages of written English work. Written assignments for the course must be submitted to the Director of Under­graduate Studies for assessment of advanced writing skills appropriate to the major. This review is separate from the evaluation made by the course instructor and has no effect on the course grade.

Notes:

1. Students with a pre-established proficiency in an Asian language (determined through a university Challenge Exam) must take six additional credits under requirements B, D, or E.

2. A course may be used to satisfy only one requirement category.

3. At least 12 of the upper-division credits must be taken at Stony Brook University.

4. Related courses (including special topics) offered by other departments are acceptable for the major with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. These may include: ARH 203, ARH 318; CLT 220; ECO 339, ECO 340; HIS 220, HIS 343, HIS 344, HIS 431, HIS 432; LIN 355, LIN 431; PHI 342, PHI 344, PHI 378; RLS 390, RLS 391; SOC 264, SOC 386; THR 313.

5. Acceptable courses may include, but are not limited to courses with the following designators: ANT, ARH, CCS, CHI, CLT, ENG, HIN, HIS, JPN, KOR, LIN, PHI, POL, RLS, SKT, SOC, THR.

The Honors Program in Asian & Asian American Studies (AAS)

To be eligible to participate in the honors program, majors must have an overall g.p.a. of 3.00 and an average g.p.a. of 3.50 in AAS through their junior year. An eligible student wishing to write a senior thesis must find a faculty member to act as thesis advisor. The student, with the approval of this advisor, must submit a proposal of a project in writing to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The deadline for submission of the proposal is April 30 for the spring semester, and November 30 for the fall semester. Selection of candidates and topics is made by a committee within the Department. Students in the honors program must enroll in AAS 495 for the semester in which the thesis is written. The thesis is evaluated by the thesis advisor, and approved by two additional faculty. For further information consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Chinese and Japanese Secondary Teacher Education Program

See the Education and Teacher Certifi­cation entry in the alphabetical listings of Approved Majors, Minors, and Programs.

Requirements for the Minor in Asian and Asian American Studies (AAS)

The Minor in Asian and Asian American Studies encourages students of any academic major to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Asian cultures, societies, and histories. Students with a minor in Asian and Asian American Studies consult with the Undergraduate Director of Asian and Asian American Studies to select a curriculum of interdisciplinary comparative study that speaks to their particular interests and career goals. All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of C or higher.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits.

A. Nine credits of coursework, selected from any three of the following categories. At least three credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.
     
     1. East Asia
     2. South Asia
     3. Southeast Asia
     4. Asian America

B.  Three credits of 100- or 200-level course-work on Asian religion, selected from the following:

AAS 211 Asian and Asian American Studies Topics in the Social Sciences (appropriate topic only)
AAS 212 Asian and Asian American Studies Topics in the Humanities (appropriate topic only)
AAS 102/RLS 102 Eastern Religions
AAS 240/RLS 240 Confucianism and Taoism
AAS 246/RLS 246 Korean and Japanese Religions
AAS 256/RLS 256 Hinduism
AAS 260/RLS 260 Buddhism
AAS 280/RLS 280 Islam

C. Nine credits of upper-division coursework concentrating on a theme chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. (See "Themes" above for examples.)