Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)



Acting Director: Ljubisa S. Adamovich (Economics);
Professors: Bowman (Public Administration and Policy), Flanagan (Political Science), Kelsay (Religion), Lo (History), Lu (Modern Languages and Linguistics), Olsen (Music), Palmer (Political Science), Ree (Modern Languages and Linguistics), Singh (History), Swain (Religion);
Associate Professors: Erndl (Religion), Garretson (History), Ho (Anthropology), Kim (Political Science);
Assistant Professors: Bartholomeusz (Religion), Lusthaus (Religion);
Visiting Professor: Koo (Economics)

The Program in Asian Studies is an international area studies program that is designed to develop a student's competence in the language, history, culture, and the contemporary political and economic setting of a particular country or cultural region. This areas-studies program is focused on Asia, broadly defined as including East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. A major or minor in this program serves the needs of 1) general liberal arts students who wish to learn more about these important areas of the world;2) students who wish to pursue graduate work in these or related fields; and 3) students who seek employment in or related to Asia. The program also combines area- or country-specific courses that give students the needed cultural immersion with more general comparative courses that provide them with the necessary intellectual tools, the concepts and theories, to make sense out of their particular disciplinary concentrations. Students are to select language and thematic specializations in line with their intellectual interests and career goals and design their program of studies accordingly.

In addition to the regular major in Asian studies, the program also offers a second option designed for students who want to combine linguistic, cultural, and other relevant knowledge of Asia with business skills. Students electing this option will take a significant proportion of their course work in the College of Business. This option is intended to prepare students for a career that capitalizes on their knowledge of Asia.

The undergraduate program in Asian studies is administered through the College of Social Sciences. As an interdisciplinary program, no minor is required, except in the case of the Asian studies/business option, in which the business course work constitutes a minor. Students interested in either of these degree program options should consult with the director of Asian studies.


Asian Studies Major

Students majoring in the program are to construct their study program around four components: 1) a language requirement; 2) a history requirement; 3) area-specific course work which emphasizes one of two tracks; and 4) a concepts and theories tool requirement to be fulfilled in the students major track. The total hour requirements for a major are a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours in an approved area language plus an additional thirty-six (36) semester hours beyond the liberal studies requirements (with a grade of C or better in each course) distributed across the history requirement and the two tracks.

Language Requirement

All students are required to take twelve (12) semester hours of course work in a relevant area language (Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, or some other Asian language). Students will be encouraged to bring their chosen language up to an effective level of proficiency in both reading and speaking by either taking additional course work on the campus of The Florida State University or by participating in a semester- or summer-abroad program in their relevant cultural area as such programs become available. These programs should be administered by, affiliated with, or approved by The Florida State University. To encourage the achievement of language proficiency, language course-work hours taken beyond the twelve (12) semester hour minimum will be counted towards the required thirty-six (36) semester hours for the major.

History Requirement

Students are required to take a minimum of six (6) semester hours of work in the Asian studies history courses listed below.

Major and Minor Track Requirements

Students are to select either the social science track or the arts and humanities track as the major focus of their course work. Students are to take a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours of course work from among those area-specific courses listed for their major track and a minimum of six (6) semester hours of course work from among those area-specific courses listed for their minor track.

Concepts and Theories Tool Requirement

For each of the two tracks a larger number of concepts and theories courses are listed selected from the relevant disciplines. Students are to take a minimum of six (6) semester hours of course work from among those courses listed for their major track. Students should select these courses with some care in consultation with the program director. The courses should be narrowly focused on that one or possibly two academic disciplines most relevant to the students primary Asia-related interests and career goals.

Asian Studies Major with a Minor in Business

This degree program combines the regular Asian studies major with a planned series of economics and business courses. The requirements for this degree are twelve (12) semester hours in an approved anguage (Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic), twenty-one (21) semester hours in Asian studies course work, and fifteen (15) semester hours in multinational business courses. The Asian studies course work is to be divided among the area-specific social science track courses [twelve (12) semester hour minimum] and Asian history [six (6) semester hour minimum]. With this degree there is no concepts and theories requirement or arts and humanities minor track requirement. However, students may freely substitute language and anthropology courses for history or social science courses in meeting the twenty-one (21) semester hour Asian studies requirement. Students are also to select between two fifteen (15) semester hour business course-work options listed below, an international marketing track or an international finance track. The prerequisites for both tracks include ECO 2013 and 2023, which may be taken as part of the students basic studies requirements. In addition, students opting for the international finance track must complete ACG 2021 as a prerequisite.

International Marketing Track

MAN 3600 Multinational Business Operations
MAN 4631 International Strategic Management
MAN 4680r Selected Topics in International Management
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing Concepts
MAR 4156 Multinational Marketing

Choose one:

MAN 4605 Cross-Cultural Mangement(Prerequisite: MAN 3109) or
MAN 4680r Selected Topics in International Management

International Finance Track

FIN 3244 Financial Markets, Institutions, and International Finance Systems
FIN 3403 Financial Management of the Firm
FIN 4604 Multinational Financial Management
MAN 3600 Multinational Business Operations

Choose one:

MAN 4605 Cross-Cultural Management(Prerequisite: MAN 3109) or
MAN 4631 International Strategic Management or
MAN 4860r Selected Topics in International Management

Honors in the Major

The Program in Asian Studies offers honors in the major to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent and original work as part of the undergraduate experience. For requirements and other information, see the University Honors Program and Honor Societies section of this General Bulletin.

Asian Studies Minor

Students minoring in the program must complete eighteen (18) semester hours of Asian studies course work beyond the liberal studies requirement. In this case none of the broader comparative concepts and theories courses will count towards the eighteen (18) semester hour minimum. Students may select freely from all area-specific courses so long as at least three (3) semester hours are taken in history and each of the two tracks.

Definition of Prefix

ASN - Asian Studies

Undergraduate Courses

Note: descriptions of specific courses will be found under the individual departments in which they are taught.

History Courses

ASH 1044 Middle Eastern History and Civilization (3).
ASH 3100 History of Asia (3).
ASH 3200 History of Ancient Near East (3).
ASH 4223 Modern Middle East (3).
ASH 4402 China to 1898 (3).
ASH 4404 China Since 1898 (3).
ASH 4442 History of Modern Japan (3)
ASH 4520 Traditional India (3).
ASH 4530 Modern India (3).

Social Science Track-Area Specific

CPO 3034 Politics of Developing Areas (3).
CPO 3403 Comparative Government and Politics: The Middle East (3)
CPO 3520 Emerging Democracies in Northeast Asia: Korea, Taiwan, Japan(3).
CPO 3530 Political Development in East Asia (3).
CPO 3541 Politics of China (3).
CPO 3553 Politics of Japan (3)
ECO 3933r Special Topics in Economics (3).
INR 4274 Studies in International Politics: The Middle East (3).
POS 3932r Special Topics in Government (3).
SYA 4930r Selected Topics in Sociology (3).

Social Science Track-Comparative Concepts and Theories

CPO 2002 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3).
CPO 3034 Politics of Developing Areas (3).
CPO 3541 Politics of China (3)
ECO 2000 Introduction to Economic Thinking (3).
ECO 2013 Economics of National Economy (3).
ECO 2023 Economics of the Price System (3)
ECO 3303 History of Economic Ideas (3)
ECO 4704 International Trade (3).
ECO 4713 International Finance (3).
ECS 3003 Comparative Economic Systems (3).
GEA 1000 World Geography (3).
GEA 3704 East and Southeast Asia (3).
GEO 1400 Human Geography (3)
GEO 3540 Economic Geography (3).
GEO 4471. Political Geography (3).
INR 2002 Introduction to International Relations (3)
INR 3603 Theories of International Relations (3).
INR 4102 American Foreign Policy (3)
INR 4702 Political Economy of International Relations (3).
MAN 3600 Multinational Business Operations (3).
PAD 3003 Public Administration in American Society (3)
PAD 4936 Total Quality Management (3).
PAX 3100 Peace, Justice, and Conflict (3).
PAX 3500 Human Conflict: Theory and Resolution (3).
PHI 3420 Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3).
PHM 2300 Introduction to Political Philosophy (3).
PHM 3331r Modern Political Philosophy (3).
PHM 3350 Introduction to Marxist Philosophy (3).
PHM 3400 Philosophy of Law (3).
PHM 4340r Contemporary Political Thought (3).
POT 3003 Introduction to Political Thought (3)
PSY 2012 General Psychology (3).
PUP 3713 Introduction to Public Policy (3).
PUR 3000 Introduction to Public Relations (3).
PUR 3002 Public Relations Techniques (3).
SOP 3004 Social Psychology (3).
SYA 4010 Sociological Theory (3).
SYG 1000 Introductory Sociology (3).
SYG 2010 Social Problems (3).
SYO 3530 Social Classes and Inequality (3).
SYO 4550 Comparative Sociology (3).
SYP 3000 Social Psychology of Groups (3).
SYP 3300 Collective Action and Social Movements (3)
SYP 3540 Sociology of Law (3).
SYP 4340 Public Opinion Analysis (3)

Arts and Humanities Track-Area Specific

ANT 4362. Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia (3).

ANT 4363. Japanese Society and Culture (3).

ANT 4364. Chinese Society and Culture (3).

ARH 3530. The Arts of Asia (3).

ARH 3930r. Special Topics in Art [The Aesthetics of Chinese Calligraphy](13).

ARH 3930r. Special Topics in Art [Buddhist Monuments of Asia] (13).

ARH 4540. Arts of India (3).

ARH 4550. Arts of China (3).

ARH 4553. Arts of Japan (3).

CHI 3501. Readings in Chinese Short Stories and Essays (3).

CHI 3502. Readings in Chinese Drama (3).

CHI 4503. Readings in Chinese History (3).

HUM 3413. Humanities: South Asian (3).

HUM 3416. East Asian Humanities (3).

JPN 3230. Readings in Japanese Short Stories and Essays (3).

MUH 4572. Music of Japan (3).

REL 2315. Religions of South Asia (3).

REL 2350. Religions of East Asia (3).

REL 3316. South Asian Religion and Politics (3).

REL 3335r. Hindu Texts and Contexts (3).

REL 3337. Goddess, Women and Power in Hinduism (3).

REL 3340. The Buddhist Tradition (3).

REL 3342. Chinese Buddhism (3).

REL 3345. Zen Buddhism (3).

REL 3363. The Islamic Tradition (3).

REL 4323. Religions of the Ancient Near East (3).

REL 4333. Modern Hinduism (3).

REL 4348. Seminar in Indian Buddhist Philosophy (3)

REL 4355. Seminar in Taoism (3).

Arts and Humanities Track-Comparative Concepts and Theories

ANT 2410. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3).

ANT 3212. Peoples of the World (3).

ANT 3610. Language and Culture (3).

ANT 4241. Anthropology of Religion (3).

ARH 2000. Art, Architecture, and Artistic Vision (3).

ARH 3050. History and Criticism of Art I (3).

ARH 3051. History and Criticism of Art II (3).

GEO 4420. Cultural Geography (3).

MUH 2051-2052. Music Cultures of the World [three (3) hours each].

PHI 2010. Introduction to Philosophy (3).

PHI 2630. Ethical Issues and Life Choices (3).

PHI 3670. Ethical Theory (3).

PHI 3700. Philosophy of Religion (3).

PHI 3800. Philosophy of the Arts (3).

PHI 3882. Philosophy in Literature (3).

REL 2000. Introduction to Religion (3).

REL 2300. World Religions (3).

REL 3112. Religion and Literature (3).

REL 3142. Religion: The Self and Society (3).

REL 3170. Religious Ethics and Moral Problems (3).

General Courses

ASN 4905r.Directed Individual Study (1-3). May be repeated to a total of nine (9) semester hours.

ASN 4930r.Special Topics in Asian Studies (1-3). May be repeated as topics change.

ASN 4970r.Honors Thesis (3). Six (6) hours of credit must be taken in two (2) successive semesters and must result in the production of a thesis.

Graduate Courses

Note: descriptions of the following courses can be found under the individual departments in which they are taught.

ASN 5906r. Directed Individual Study: Chinese Civilization (1-4). (S/U grade only.)

ASN 5907r. Directed Individual Study: Japanese Civilization (1-4). (S/U grade only.)

ASN 5910r. Supervised Research (1-6). (S/U grade only.)

ASN 5935r. Special Topics in Asian Studies (1-3).

For listings relating to graduate course work for thesis, masters comprehensive examination, and thesis defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.


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