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Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 
Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Asian Studies Concentration

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Ann A. Pang-White, Ph.D., Director

With the role of Asia on the world stage becoming increasingly prominent, a better understanding of Asian cultures is an indispensable element for world citizenship and leaders of tomorrow.  Any student with an interest in entering governmental services, law, business, education, journalism, medicine, human resources, and counseling, etc., will open up new opportunities by adding Asian Studies Concentration to their traditional career tracks.

Asian Studies at the University of Scranton is an interdisciplinary program that aims to provide students with the vital understanding of this culturally diverse and vibrant region of the world that includes China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, India, the Philippines, etc.  The program seeks to engage students in the study of Asia through courses drawn from multiple departments across the University.  The concentration is open to all majors.  Cross-listed Asian Studies courses may also fulfill major, minor, cognate, and general education requirements. Concentration requirements are as follows:

  • Students are required to take 24 credits of courses.
  • 9 credits in the area of core emphasis which includes language study and a foundation course. Another 9 credits in Area Studies from two disciplines. And, 6 credits in infused courses.
  • One- year (2 courses, 6 credits) language study at appropriate level in one Asian language is required. Placement in a previously studied language will be determined by placement testing in the University’s Language Learning Center.
  • Students who study abroad or take courses at another higher education institute with an emphasis on Asian Studies may petition to substitute courses and are required to speak to the director of the program prior to completing the credits they wish to substitute.
  • At least 12 of the 24 credits must be taken at the University of Scranton.
  • Some courses may have prerequisite requirements. Students should consult the University catalogue for these requirements if applicable.

Core Emphasis:

Total Hours

One-Year Asian Language Study at appropriate level

 ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  , or other Asian Languages as approved

6 9



Foundation Course:

HIST 242 Modern East Asia, or      
*(Students who take both HIST 242 and PS 221 may reduce their area studies course load to 6 credits.)


Area Studies (Choose 3 courses from 2 disciplines)

Total Hours (9)
ARTH 184 Introduction to Asian Art (a new course, to be proposed)  3  
  (eligible for Area Studies only for students entering at CNS 100 level)  3  
  (eligible for Area Studies only for students entering at CNS 100 level) 3  
HIST 284 History of Modern China 3  
  (eligible for Area Studies only for students entering at JPN 100 level) 3  
  (eligible for Area Studies only for students entering at JPN 100 level) 3  
PHIL 384 Confucianism and the Modern World 3  


Available Exchange Programs and Study Abroad Programs with Asian Countries

Approved study abroad programs:

  • The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies
  • University of Hyderabad, India
  • Khon Kaen University, Thailand
  • National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Ho Chi Minh International University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • National University of Singapore
  • Ateneo de Manila, the Philippines

Student exchange programs (and in principle faculty exchange agreements) with the following:

  • Sogang University, Seoul, Korea
  • Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  • Ehwa Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea
  • Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

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