Asian Studies Major, B.A.–Interdisciplinary Concentration

Department of Asian Studies

http://asianstudies.unc.edu

New West 113, CB# 3267

(919) 962-4294

Robin Visser, Interdisciplinary Program Advisor

rvisser@email.unc.edu

Nadia Yaqub, Chair

yaqub@email.unc.edu

Li-ling Hsiao, Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

hsiaoll@email.unc.edu

Lori Harris, Department Manager

lori@unc.edu

The interdisciplinary major within the Department of Asian Studies provides an intellectual challenge as well as sound training for students who intend to go on to graduate school in the social sciences or humanities and focus their research on Asia. It also provides an essential background for students who are contemplating professions such as business, law, or journalism with the intent of doing extensive work in Asia.

Department Programs

Majors

Minors

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Asian studies program, students should be able to:

  • Identify significant aspects of the target culture, history, and society in interpreting and analyzing literary and other texts and media
  • Identify and analyze cultural and historical trends across regional and national boundaries within Asia and the Asian diaspora
  • Actively use listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the target language for interpersonal communication and personal and academic enrichment within and beyond the university setting
  • Demonstrate awareness of global citizenship and affirm cultural diversity through academic and experiential learning

Requirements

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC–Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
The major consists of eight courses which must include the following: 124
Asia: An Introduction
At least one other course (other than a language course or senior honors thesis course) taken within the Department of Asian Studies and chosen from the list below 2
At least one course each from any two other departments
At least one course numbered 400 or above 3
At least two courses each from any two of the six geographic regions: China, Japan, Korea, Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia (see lists below)
Additional Requirements
Any Asian language through level 4 44
Total Hours28
1

The same courses can be used to fulfill multiple requirements within the major. 

2

May not substitute a study abroad course.

3

May not be a language course.

4

The first three levels of a foreign language can count toward the General Education Foundations requirement and have not been included as additional hours for the major.

Course Lists

Department of Asian Studies Courses

ARAB 150Introduction to Arab Cultures3
ARAB 151Arabic Literature through the Ages3
ARAB 321Visions of Emancipation in Modernist Arab Thought3
ARAB 337Borders and Walls in the Arab World3
ARAB 338Borders and Walls in the Arab World - Experiential3
ARAB 350Women and Leadership in the Arab World3
ARAB 434Modern Arabic Literature in Translation3
ARAB 443Dissident Voices in Arab Cultures3
ARAB 452Imagining Palestine3
ARAB 453Film, Nation, and Identity in the Arab World3
ARAB 462Global Perspectives on Arab Cultures and Societies3
ARAB 468Modernity and Its Discontents in Arabic Literature and Culture3
ASIA 52First-Year Seminar: Food in Chinese Culture3
ASIA 53First-Year Seminar: Israeli Popular Culture: The Case of Music3
ASIA 54First-Year Seminar: The American Life of Japanese Women3
ASIA 55First-Year Seminar: Kung-Fu: The Concept of Heroism in Chinese Culture3
ASIA 57First-Year Seminar: Dis-Orienting the Orient3
ASIA 58First-Year Seminar: Chasing Madame Butterfly H3
ASIA 59First-Year Seminar: Media Masala: Popular Music, TV, and the Internet in Modern India and Pakistan3
ASIA 61First-Year Seminar: India through the Lens of Master Filmmakers3
ASIA 63First-Year Seminar: Japanese Tea Culture3
ASIA 64First-Year Seminar: Arab World Photography3
ASIA 65First-Year Seminar: Philosophy on Bamboo: Rethinking Early Chinese Thought3
ASIA 66First-Year Seminar: The 2011 Revolution through Egyptian Eyes3
ASIA 67First-Year Seminar: Japanese Fashion: History and Culture H3
ASIA 68First-Year Seminar: Power of Music/Music of Power: Cultural Politics of 20th-Century Arabic Music3
ASIA 70First-Year Seminar: Narrating the Self: Autobiographies of Arab Intellectuals3
ASIA 106Israeli Popular Culture: The Case of Music3
ASIA 122Introduction to Iranian Culture3
ASIA 124Iranian Post-1979 Cinema3
ASIA 126Introduction to Persian Literature3
ASIA 150Asia: An Introduction3
ASIA 151Literature and Society in Southeast Asia3
ASIA 152Survey of South Asian Cultural History3
ASIA 163Hindi-Urdu Poetry in Performance3
ASIA 228Contested Souls: Literature, the Arts, and Religious Identity in Modern India3
ASIA 231Bollywood Cinema3
ASIA 233Drugs, Sex, and Sovereignty in East Asia, 1800-19453
ASIA 252Popular Culture in Modern Southeast Asia3
ASIA 262Nation, Film, and Novel in Modern India3
ASIA 332The Story of Rama in India3
ASIA 333The Mahabharata: Remembered and Reimagined3
ASIA 431Persian Sufi Literature3
ASIA 453Global Shangri-La: Tibet in the Modern World3
ASIA 522The Beauty and the Power of the Classical Indian World3
ASIA/CMPL 256Love in Classical Persian Poetry3
ASIA/CMPL 258Iranian Prison Literature3
ASIA/CMPL 261India through Western Eyes3
ASIA/CMPL 359Literary Diasporas of the Middle East3
ASIA/CMPL 442Postcolonial Literature of the Middle East3
ASIA 331/HIST 335/PWAD 331Cracking India: Partition and Its Legacy in South Asia3
ASIA/JWST 60First-Year Seminar: Israeli Culture and Society: Collective Memories and Fragmented Identities3
ASIA/JWST/PWAD 235Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity H3
ASIA/JWST 357/PWAD 362The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence3
ASIA/JWST/PWAD 425Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Partnerships in Film, Literature, and Music3
ASIA/MUSC 164Music of South Asia3
ASIA/PWAD 69First-Year Seminar: Wars and Veterans: Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan3
ASIA/PWAD 435The Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa3
ASIA/RELI 382The Story of Rama in Indian Culture--Experiential3
ASIA/RELI 383The Mahabharata: Remembered and Reimagined--Experiential3
ASIA/WGST 56First-Year Seminar: Writing Women in Modern China H3
ASIA/WGST 127Iranian Women Writers3
ASIA/WGST 329Middle East Women Writers3
ASIA/WGST 471Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Literature3
CHIN 150Introduction to Chinese Civilization3
CHIN 231Chinese Literature in Translation through the T'ang3
CHIN 232Chinese Literature in Translation since the Sung3
CHIN 242Chinese Qin Music3
CHIN 244Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture through Cinema3
CHIN 252Introduction to Chinese Culture through Narrative3
CHIN 255Bandit or Hero: Outlawry in Chinese Literature and Films3
CHIN 342The Rise of China: A Global and Multidisciplinary Approach3
CHIN 346History as Fiction or Fiction as History? Early Chinese History in Film and Literature3
CHIN 354Chinese Culture through Calligraphy3
CHIN 356Chinese Environmental Literature3
CHIN 361Chinese Traditional Theater3
CHIN 367Illustration and the Animation of Text3
CHIN 463Narrative Ethics in Modern China3
CHIN 464The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film3
CHIN 531The Chinese Zither in Poetry and Painting3
CHIN 551Chinese Poetry in Translation3
CHIN 552Chinese Prose in Translation3
CHIN 562Contemporary Chinese Urban Culture and Arts3
CHIN 563Post-Mao Chinese Literature in Translation3
HEBR/JWST 436Language, Exile, and Homeland in Zionist Thought and Practice3
HIST 271/JAPN 231Premodern Japanese History and Culture3
HNUR/RELI 592Religious Conflict and Literature in India3
JAPN 150Introduction to Japanese Culture3
JAPN 160Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation3
JAPN 161Geisha in History, Fiction, and Fantasy3
JAPN 246Early Modern Japanese History and Culture3
JAPN 261Japanese Theater3
JAPN 277Empire of Sex: Eroticism, Mass Culture, and Geopolitics in Japan, 1945-Present3
JAPN 363Samurai, Monks, and Pirates: History and Historiography of Japan's Long 16th Century3
JAPN 375The Culture of Modern, Imperial Japan, 1900-19453
JAPN 451Swords, Tea Bowls, and Woodblock Prints: Exploring Japanese Material Culture3
JAPN 482Embodying Japan: The Cultures of Beauty, Sports, and Medicine in Japan3
JAPN/WGST 381Women and Work in Japan3
JAPN/WGST 384Women Writers in Japanese Society3
KOR 150History, Memory, and Reality in Contemporary Korea3
KOR 151Education and Social Changes in Contemporary Korea3
KOR 327Korean Diasporas3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

The following courses can be counted for the Asian studies major:

China Courses

AAAD 301Contemporary China-Africa Relations3
ANTH/ASIA 545The Politics of Culture in East Asia3
ANTH/ASIA 574Chinese World Views3
ANTH/ASIA 578Chinese Diaspora in the Asia Pacific3
ANTH/ASIA 682Contemporary Chinese Society3
ARTH/ASIA 468Visual Arts and Culture in Modern and Contemporary China3
ASIA 52First-Year Seminar: Food in Chinese Culture3
ASIA 55First-Year Seminar: Kung-Fu: The Concept of Heroism in Chinese Culture3
ASIA 65First-Year Seminar: Philosophy on Bamboo: Rethinking Early Chinese Thought3
ASIA 453Global Shangri-La: Tibet in the Modern World 13
ASIA/HIST 133Introduction to Chinese History3
ASIA/HIST 282China in the World3
ASIA 303/RELI 288Chinese Religions3
ASIA/WGST 56First-Year Seminar: Writing Women in Modern China H3
CHIN 150Introduction to Chinese Civilization3
CHIN 231Chinese Literature in Translation through the T'ang3
CHIN 232Chinese Literature in Translation since the Sung3
CHIN 242Chinese Qin Music3
CHIN 244Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture through Cinema3
CHIN 252Introduction to Chinese Culture through Narrative3
CHIN 253Chinese Language and Society3
CHIN 255Bandit or Hero: Outlawry in Chinese Literature and Films3
CHIN 342The Rise of China: A Global and Multidisciplinary Approach3
CHIN 346History as Fiction or Fiction as History? Early Chinese History in Film and Literature3
CHIN 354Chinese Culture through Calligraphy3
CHIN 356Chinese Environmental Literature3
CHIN 361Chinese Traditional Theater3
CHIN 367Illustration and the Animation of Text3
CHIN 463Narrative Ethics in Modern China3
CHIN 464The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film3
CHIN 531The Chinese Zither in Poetry and Painting3
CHIN 551Chinese Poetry in Translation3
CHIN 552Chinese Prose in Translation3
CHIN 562Contemporary Chinese Urban Culture and Arts3
CHIN 563Post-Mao Chinese Literature in Translation3
GEOG 270Geography of Contemporary China3
HIST 284Late Imperial China3
HIST 28520th-Century China3
HIST 550Gender in Chinese History3
POLI 237The Politics of China3
SOCI 418Contemporary Chinese Society3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

1

ASIA 453 may be counted for either the China or South Asia region, but not both.

Japan Courses

ANTH/ASIA 330Melancholy Japan: Myth, Memory, and Everyday Life3
ANTH/ASIA 586The Gardens, Shrines, and Temples of Japan3
ASIA 54First-Year Seminar: The American Life of Japanese Women3
ASIA 58First-Year Seminar: Chasing Madame Butterfly H3
ASIA 63First-Year Seminar: Japanese Tea Culture3
ASIA 67First-Year Seminar: Japanese Fashion: History and Culture H3
ASIA 233Drugs, Sex, and Sovereignty in East Asia, 1800-19453
ASIA/CMPL 379Cowboys, Samurai, and Rebels in Film and Fiction H3
ASIA/CMPL 380Almost Despicable Heroines in Japanese and Western Literature3
ASIA/CMPL 481Rhetoric of Silence: Cross-Cultural Theme and Technique3
ASIA/CMPL 483Cross-Currents in East-West Literature3
ASIA/CMPL 486Literary Landscapes in Europe and Japan H3
ASIA/HIST 281The Pacific War, 1937-1945: Its Causes and Legacy3
ASIA/HIST 287Japan's Modern Revolution3
ASIA/HIST 288Japan in the 20th Century3
ASIA 301/RELI 286Premodern Japanese Religions3
ASIA 302/RELI 287Modern Japanese Religions3
ASIA/RELI 487Mountains, Pilgrimage, and Sacred Places in Japan3
ASIA/RELI 488Shinto in Japanese History3
ASIA/RELI 489Animals in Japanese Religion3
HIST 271/JAPN 231Premodern Japanese History and Culture3
JAPN 150Introduction to Japanese Culture3
JAPN 160Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation3
JAPN 161Geisha in History, Fiction, and Fantasy3
JAPN 162Japanese Popular Culture3
JAPN 246Early Modern Japanese History and Culture3
JAPN 261Japanese Theater3
JAPN 277Empire of Sex: Eroticism, Mass Culture, and Geopolitics in Japan, 1945-Present3
JAPN 363Samurai, Monks, and Pirates: History and Historiography of Japan's Long 16th Century3
JAPN 375The Culture of Modern, Imperial Japan, 1900-19453
JAPN 451Swords, Tea Bowls, and Woodblock Prints: Exploring Japanese Material Culture3
JAPN 482Embodying Japan: The Cultures of Beauty, Sports, and Medicine in Japan3
JAPN/LING 563Structure of Japanese3
JAPN/WGST 381Women and Work in Japan3
JAPN/WGST 384Women Writers in Japanese Society3
RELI 586Women and Gender in Japanese Religions3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Korea Courses

KOR 150History, Memory, and Reality in Contemporary Korea3
KOR 151Education and Social Changes in Contemporary Korea3
KOR 327Korean Diasporas3

Middle East Courses

ARAB 150Introduction to Arab Cultures3
ARAB 151Arabic Literature through the Ages3
ARAB 321Visions of Emancipation in Modernist Arab Thought3
ARAB 337Borders and Walls in the Arab World3
ARAB 338Borders and Walls in the Arab World - Experiential3
ARAB 350Women and Leadership in the Arab World3
ARAB 434Modern Arabic Literature in Translation3
ARAB 443Dissident Voices in Arab Cultures3
ARAB 452Imagining Palestine3
ARAB 453Film, Nation, and Identity in the Arab World3
ARAB 462Global Perspectives on Arab Cultures and Societies3
ARAB 468Modernity and Its Discontents in Arabic Literature and Culture3
ARAB/ASIA/RELI 681Readings in Islamicate Literatures3
ARTH 351Crusader Art3
ARTH/ASIA 154Introduction to Art and Architecture of Islamic Lands (Eighth-16th Centuries CE) H3
ARTH/ASIA 251Art in the Age of the Caliphs3
ARTH/ASIA 458Islamic Architecture and the Environment3
ARTH/ASIA 561Arts of the Islamic Mediterranean3
ASIA 53First-Year Seminar: Israeli Popular Culture: The Case of Music3
ASIA 64First-Year Seminar: Arab World Photography3
ASIA 66First-Year Seminar: The 2011 Revolution through Egyptian Eyes3
ASIA 68First-Year Seminar: Power of Music/Music of Power: Cultural Politics of 20th-Century Arabic Music3
ASIA 70First-Year Seminar: Narrating the Self: Autobiographies of Arab Intellectuals3
ASIA 106Israeli Popular Culture: The Case of Music3
ASIA 122Introduction to Iranian Culture 13
ASIA/CMPL 359Literary Diasporas of the Middle East3
ASIA/CMPL 442Postcolonial Literature of the Middle East3
ASIA/GEOG 447Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East3
ASIA/HIST 138History of Muslim Societies to 15003
ASIA/HIST 139HIstory of Muslim Societies since 15003
ASIA/HIST 275History of Iraq3
ASIA/HIST 276The Modern Middle East3
ASIA/HIST 277The Conflict over Israel/Palestine3
ASIA/HIST 536Revolution in the Modern Middle East3
ASIA/HIST 537Women in the Middle East3
ASIA/HIST 538The Middle East and the West3
ASIA/JWST 60First-Year Seminar: Israeli Culture and Society: Collective Memories and Fragmented Identities3
ASIA/JWST/PWAD 235Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity H3
ASIA/JWST 357/PWAD 362The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence3
ASIA/JWST/PWAD 425Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Partnerships in Film, Literature, and Music3
ASIA/PWAD 435The Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa3
ASIA/RELI 180Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
ASIA/RELI 181Modern Muslim Societies3
ASIA/RELI 584The Qur'an as Literature3
ASIA/WGST 329Middle East Women Writers3
ASIA/WGST 471Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Literature3
FREN 617Framing Identities: Franco-Arab Transvisual Transcultural Contexts3
GEOG 448Transnational Geographies of Muslim Societies3
HEBR/JWST 436Language, Exile, and Homeland in Zionist Thought and Practice3
RELI 110The Archaeology of Palestine in the New Testament Period3
RELI 185Women/Gender/Islam H3
RELI 503Exploring the Dead Sea Scrolls3
RELI 585Religion and Culture of Turkey3
SOCI 419Sociology of the Islamic World3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

1

ASIA 122 may be counted for either the Middle East or South Asia region, but not both.

South Asia Courses

ANTH 361Community in India and South Asia3
ARTH/ASIA 153Introduction to South Asian Art3
ARTH/ASIA 266Arts of Early & Medieval Asia3
ARTH/ASIA 273Arts Under the Mughal Dynasty in India3
ARTH/ASIA 456Art and Visual Culture of South Asia3
ASIA 59First-Year Seminar: Media Masala: Popular Music, TV, and the Internet in Modern India and Pakistan3
ASIA 61First-Year Seminar: India through the Lens of Master Filmmakers3
ASIA 122Introduction to Iranian Culture 13
ASIA 124Iranian Post-1979 Cinema3
ASIA 126Introduction to Persian Literature3
ASIA 152Survey of South Asian Cultural History3
ASIA 163Hindi-Urdu Poetry in Performance3
ASIA 228Contested Souls: Literature, the Arts, and Religious Identity in Modern India3
ASIA 231Bollywood Cinema3
ASIA 262Nation, Film, and Novel in Modern India3
ASIA 332The Story of Rama in India3
ASIA 333The Mahabharata: Remembered and Reimagined3
ASIA 431Persian Sufi Literature3
ASIA 453Global Shangri-La: Tibet in the Modern World 23
ASIA 522The Beauty and the Power of the Classical Indian World3
ASIA/CMPL 256Love in Classical Persian Poetry3
ASIA/CMPL 258Iranian Prison Literature3
ASIA/CMPL 261India through Western Eyes3
ASIA/COMM/RELI 386Dance and Embodied Knowledge in the Indian Context3
ASIA/GEOG 267South Asia3
ASIA/HIST 135History of the Indian Subcontinent to 17503
ASIA/HIST 136History of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh: South Asia since 17503
ASIA/HIST 272Contemporary India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh3
ASIA/HIST 555Religion, Coexistence, and Conflict in Medieval India3
ASIA/HIST 556Gender in Indian History3
ASIA/HIST 557Bandits, Rebels and Storytellers: Fiction and History in India3
ASIA 304/HIST 331Sex, Religion, and Violence: Revolutionary Thought in Modern South Asia3
ASIA 331/HIST 335/PWAD 331Cracking India: Partition and Its Legacy in South Asia3
ASIA/MUSC 164Music of South Asia3
ASIA/PWAD 69First-Year Seminar: Wars and Veterans: Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan3
ASIA/RELI 280Hindu Gods and Goddesses H3
ASIA 300/RELI 283The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet3
ASIA/RELI 382The Story of Rama in Indian Culture--Experiential3
ASIA/RELI 383The Mahabharata: Remembered and Reimagined--Experiential3
ASIA/RELI 582Islam and Islamic Art in South Asia3
ASIA/RELI 583Religion and Culture in Iran, 1500-Present3
ASIA/RELI/WGST 482Sex, Gender, and Religion in South Asia3
ASIA/WGST 127Iranian Women Writers3
HNUR/RELI 592Religious Conflict and Literature in India3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

1

ASIA 122 may be counted for either the Middle East or South Asia region, but not both.

2

ASIA 453 may be counted for either the China or South Asia region, but not both.

Southeast Asia Courses

ANTH/ASIA 375Memory, Massacres, and Monuments in Southeast Asia3
ANTH/ASIA 429Culture and Power in Southeast Asia3
ASIA 151Literature and Society in Southeast Asia3
ASIA 252Popular Culture in Modern Southeast Asia3
ASIA/HIST 131Southeast Asia to the Early 19th Century3
ASIA/HIST 132Southeast Asia since the Early 19th Century3
ASIA/HIST 539The Economic History of Southeast Asia3
ASIA/HIST 570The Vietnam War3
ASIA/MUSC 240Performance in Southeast Asia: Gongs, Punks, and Shadow Plays3
ASIA/RELI 285The Buddhist Tradition: Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka3
GEOG 266People and Environment in Southeast Asia3

Other Courses

ARTH/ASIA 158Introduction to East Asian Art and Architecture3
ASIA 57First-Year Seminar: Dis-Orienting the Orient3
ASIA 150Asia: An Introduction3
ASIA 241Asian Literature/Study Abroad Program3-6
ASIA 242Asian Fine Arts/Study Abroad Program3-6
ASIA 243Asian Societies/Study Abroad Program3
ASIA 244Asian History/Study Abroad Program3-6
ASIA 350The Asian American Experience3
ASIA 692HSenior Honors Thesis II3
ASIA/CMPL 255The Feast in Film, Fiction, and Philosophy H3
ASIA/ECON 469Asian Economic Systems3
ASIA/ENGL 360Contemporary Asian American Literature and Theory3
ASIA/GEOG 265Eastern Asia3
ASIA/HIST 134Modern East Asia3
ASIA/RELI 183Asian Religions3
ASIA/RELI 284The Buddhist Tradition: East Asia3
ASIA/RELI 445Asian Religions in America3
ASIA/RELI 581Sufism3
DRAM 291Re-Playing Shakespeare in East Asia3
ENGL 270Studies in Asian American Literature3
ENGL 371The Place of Asian Americans in Southern Literature H3
FREN 383Franco-Asian Encounters3
GLBL 484History and Politics of Central Asia3
HIST 163Modern Central Asia3
HIST 274History of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-19233
PHIL 213Asian Philosophy3
POLI 437Political Change in Asia3
RELI 103Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature H3
RELI 106Introduction to Early Judaism3
RELI 107Introduction to Modern Judaism3
RELI 184East Asian Religions: The Religions of East Asia and the Environment3
RELI 206Prophecy and Divination in Ancient Israel and Judah H3
RELI 343Religion in Modern Israel3
RELI 480Modern Muslim Literatures3
RELI 481Religion, Fundamentalism, and Nationalism3
RELI 512Ancient Synagogues3
RELI 602What Is Scripture? Formations of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Canon3
One language course beyond level 4 or a course at level 2 or above in a second Asian language may count as a major course.
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

No more than one first-year seminar may be counted among the eight major courses.

With the approval of the associate chair of Asian studies, a student may substitute a course in directed readings (ASIA 496) for one of the major courses. To register for ASIA 496, a student must obtain the approval of the associate chair and the faculty member who will supervise the project.

Of the eight major courses, at least six must be passed with a grade of C (not C-) or better. No major course may be declared Pass/Fail.

Special Opportunities in Asian Studies

Honors in Asian Studies

A candidate for honors in Asian studies will write a substantial paper under the guidance of a faculty member. While researching and writing the honors paper, the student will enroll in ASIA 691H and ASIA 692H. ASIA 692H may count as one of the interdisciplinary courses for the major; ASIA 691H will count for elective credit only. In the case of the concentrations in Arab cultures, Chinese, Japanese, and South Asian studies, ASIA 692H may count toward the major in the concentration.

A committee composed of at least two faculty members will examine the candidate. To be accepted as an honors candidate, a student must meet the University’s requirement of a minimum overall grade point average of 3.3, secure the consent of a faculty member in the Asian studies field to act as advisor for the project, and submit a proposal to the associate chair of Asian studies for approval.

Departmental Involvement

The department sponsors a variety of cultural events — lectures, film series, performances, and more — as well as social and informational events where students can get to know each other and faculty members in an informal setting. Faculty members in the department serve as advisors to some of the many Asia-related student organizations on campus, such as the Japan Club, Chinese Conversation Club, Hebrew Table, and more.

Languages across the Curriculum

The department participates in the Languages across the Curriculum (LAC) program, offering a one-credit-hour discussion section that is conducted in Arabic but associated with a variety of courses offered in English, both in Asian studies and in such other departments as history or religious studies. This LAC recitation section offers students the opportunity to use their Arabic language skills in a broader intellectual context.

Additional LAC offerings are being developed in Chinese and Hindi-Urdu.

Libraries

The University has rich collections of books and periodicals on Asia in the relevant Asian languages, as well as in English and other Western languages. Experts in the collection development department for Davis Library are available to help students locate the materials they need. The University also has an outstanding collection of Asian films and other audiovisual materials, housed in the Media Resource Center at House Library.

Speaker Series

The department sponsors an annual speaker series. These events include lectures by prominent artists, scholars, and writers and are often cosponsored by other units on campus.

Study Abroad

UNC–Chapel Hill sponsors several study programs (summer, semester, and yearlong) in China, Egypt, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam. Asian studies majors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to live and study in an Asian setting; UNC-approved study abroad programs also satisfy the experiential education requirement. For further information on these programs and other study abroad opportunities in Asia, contact the UNC Study Abroad Office.

Undergraduate Research

The department actively encourages undergraduate student research. Through classes, advising, and office hours, faculty members guide students toward defining areas of interest, conceptualizing research questions, identifying sources, and writing academic papers. Students may pursue research through independent studies, the senior honors thesis, and study abroad research opportunities such as the Burch Fellowship. Asian studies students have received a variety of competitive research support and travel awards, won regional contests for undergraduate papers, published papers in academic journals, and presented their work at such events as the Senior Colloquium in Asian Studies and the campuswide Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research in the spring.