MaconCatalog : College of Liberal Arts and Sciences : ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS : ASIAN STUDIES
Amy Nichols-Belo, Chair/Associate Professor of Global Health and Anthropology
The Asian Studies minor, offered by the Department of International and Global Studies, is designed to engage students in the study of the histories and cultures that constitute today’s Asia. It offers a broad array of courses that illuminate the individual experiences of major historical and political Asian nation-states and other key actors in a globalizing region. The program offers insights into Asia’s collective consciousness derived from the study of anthropology, art, philosophy, poetry, religion, science, and Chinese language and script. The Asian Studies minor provides students with the tools needed to develop their understanding of the internal and external strains created by the dramatic transformations underway throughout Asia.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of Mercer’s Chinese Language and Culture Study-Abroad Program at Nanjing University. Students who can demonstrate fluency in Mandarin Chinese (written and spoken), or other recognized Asian or South Asian languages, can waive all or part of this requirement. In lieu of Chinese language courses, exempted students must still take a total of seven courses in the minor.
Minor in Asian Studies
23 semester credit hours minimum
CHN 111. Beginning Chinese I
CHN 112. Beginning Chinese II
Five additional courses from:
ANT 250. Becoming Chinese: Self and Society
ART 375. Global Contemporary Art
CHN 251. Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) I
CHN 252. Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) II
CHN 253S. Chinese Studies Abroad
CHN 353S. Chinese Studies Abroad
REL 356. Eastern Religions
GEO 313. East Asia in Regional Context: China, Japan, and the Koreas
PHI 247. Eastern Philosophy
PHY 108. Ancient Chinese Science and Technology
An approved Asian study-abroad experience may be used to fulfill 3 hours of the Asian Studies minor. At least six hours of the minor must be at the 300 level.