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2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin

Program in

Asian Studies

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

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Director: Lee Metcalf (Social Sciences); Director of Undergraduate Studies: Whitney Bendeck (Social Sciences); Director of International Economic Education: Onsurang Norrbin (Economics); Director of Internships and Professional Development: Na'ama Nagar (Political Science)

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 area-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, 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 coursework 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 and Public Policy. As an interdisciplinary program, no minor is required, except in the case of the Asian studies/business option, in which the business coursework constitutes a minor. Students interested in either of these degree program options should consult with the Director of Asian Studies.

Computer Skills Competency

All undergraduates at Florida State University must demonstrate basic computer skills competency prior to graduation. As necessary computer competency skills vary from discipline to discipline, each major determines the courses needed to satisfy this requirement. Undergraduate majors in Asian studies satisfy this requirement by earning a grade of "C–" or higher in CGS 2060 or CGS 2100.


Asian Studies Major

Students majoring in the program are to construct their study program around three components: (1) a language requirement, (2) an area-specific coursework requirement, and (3) a concepts and theories tool requirement The total hour requirements for the major are thirty-six semester hours beyond the liberal studies requirements with a grade of "C–" or better in each of the Asian studies courses. As this is an interdisciplinary program, no minor is required.

In addition to a 2.0 overall GPA, all students must meet "mapping" requirements. See for more information.

Language Requirement

All students are also required to complete a relevant area language or demonstrate proficiency to the intermediate college level Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, or some other Asian language, or demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate college level. 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 coursework on the campus of 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 Florida State University. To encourage the achievement of language proficiency, language coursework hours taken beyond the twelve semester hour minimum or demonstrated intermediate college-level proficiency may be counted toward the required thirty-six semester hours for the major.

Area Specific Course Requirement

Students are to select at least twenty-four semester hours of area specific coursework from the approved area-specific courses listed further down in this document. Note that special topic area-specific courses may be approved from time to time; for the most current list, students are encouraged to view the term-specific courses posted at their International Studies Organization site.

Concept and Theory Course Requirement

Students are to select at least six semester hours of coursework from among the concept and theory courses listed further down in this document. Students should carefully select these courses in consultation with their academic advisor, to ensure that the courses meet any required prerequisites for the approved courses.

Asian Studies Major with an Emphasis 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 to complete a relevant area language or demonstrate proficiency to the intermediate college level in Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic, twenty-one semester hours in Asian studies coursework, and fifteen semester hours in multinational business courses. The Asian studies coursework is to be selected from the area specific courses. With this degree there is no concepts and theories requirement. Students are also to select between two fifteen semester hour business coursework options listed below, an international marketing/management track or an international finance track. The prerequisites for both tracks include ECO 2013 and 2023, which may be taken as part of the student's liberal studies requirements. In addition, students opting for the international finance track must complete ACG 2021 as a prerequisite. Students should seek advising from the Asian Studies program advisor in 211 Bellamy about registering for business courses.

International Marketing/Management

MAN 3240 Organizational Behavior

MAN 3600 Multinational Business Operations (Prerequisites: ECO 2013, ECO 2023)

MAR 3023 Basic Marketing Concepts (Prerequisites: ECO 2023 and one behavioral science course)

And six hours selected from:

MAN 4401 Management of Labor and Industrial Relations (Prerequisite: MAN 3240)

MAN 4605 Cross-Cultural Management (Prerequisite: MAN 3240)

MAN 4680 Selected Topics in International Management (Valencia, Spain) (Prerequisites: ECO 2013, ECO 2023, MAN 3600)

MAN 4701 Business and Society (Prerequisite: MAN 3240)

MAR 4156 Multinational Marketing (Prerequisites: MAR 3023, MAN 3600)

Or approved substitution

International Finance

FIN 3244 Financial Markets, Institutions, and International Finance Systems (Prerequisites: ACG 2021, ECO 2013)

FIN 3403 Financial Management of the Firm (Prerequisites: ACG 2021, ECO 2023)

MAN 3600 Multinational Business Operations (Prerequisites: ECO 2013, ECO 2023)

And six hours selected from:

FIN 4424 Problems in Financial Management (Prerequisites: CGS 2518, FIN 3244, FIN 3403)

FIN 4504 Investments (Prerequisites: CGS 2518, FIN 3244, FIN 3403)

FIN 4514 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (Prerequisites: CGS 2518, FIN 4504)

FIN 4604 Multinational Financial Management (Prerequisites: CGS 2518, FIN 3244, FIN 3403)

GEB 4455 Perspectives on Free Enterprise (Prerequisites: FIN 3244, FIN 3403)

Or approved substitution

Study Abroad

Students majoring in Asian Studies are strongly encouraged to study abroad. The Summer programs in India, China, and Turkey offer relevant course work. See for more information on the various options available through Florida State International Programs.

Students should consult with the Asian Studies Director about any other study abroad programs they wish to pursue. Coursework taken in overseas locations must be approved in advance for credit toward the major.


The Asian Studies program encourages students to take advantage of internships with an area focus. Information on possible placements can be found on the International Studies Organization site. All application materials, which are also available on the International Studies Organization site, must be submitted and all internships must be approved the semester before the internship takes place. See the Asian Studies program advisor in 211 Bellamy for further information.

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 Office and Honor Societies" chapter of this General Bulletin.

Second Majors

Majors in Asian Studies may pursue a second major. When students pursue a second major, they may count six semester hours of coursework toward both majors.

Asian Studies Minor

Students pursuing a minor in the program must complete eighteen semester hours of Asian studies coursework beyond the liberal studies requirement. In this case none of the broader comparative concepts and theories courses will count toward the eighteen semester hour minimum. Students may select freely from all area-specific courses. Modern language courses numbered above 2999 may count toward the minor. Nine of the eighteen semester hours must be numbered above 2999. A maximum combined total of six semester hours in internship or directed individual study may apply to the minor.

Approved Courses

Note: Descriptions of specific courses can be found under the individual departments in which they are taught. In addition to the courses listed below, special topics courses may be approved by the program director in any particular term. These courses appear on the term course lists and are available at the International Studies Organization site as well as the program office in 211 Bellamy.

Area Specific Courses (twenty-four credit hours)

ASH 1044 Middle Eastern History and Civilization (3)

ASH 3100 History of Asia (3)

ASH 3200 History of the Ancient Near East (3)

ASH 3230r Middle East Survey: An Interdisciplinary and Introductory Course (3–6)

ASH 3382 The History of the U.S. and East Asia: 1850 to the Present (3)

ASH 4223 Modern Middle East (3)

ASH 4261 Central Asia (3)

ASH 4520 Traditional India (3)

ASH 4550 Modern India (3)

CPO 3034 Politics of Developing Areas (3) [with CPO 2002 as a prerequisite]

CPO 3403 Comparative Government and Politics: The Middle East (3) [with CPO 2002 as a prerequisite]

CPO 3520 Emerging Democracies in Northeast Asia: Korea, Taiwan, Japan (3) [with CPO 2002 as a prerequisite]

CPO 3541 Politics of China (3) [with CPO 2002 as a prerequisite]

CPO 3553 Politics of Japan (3) [with CPO 2002 as a prerequisite]

ECS 3200 Economics of Asia (3) [with ECO 2013 and ECO 2023 as prerequisites]

INR 4274 Studies in International Politics: The Middle East (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

ANT 4175 Archaeology of the Islamic World (3)

ANT 4363 Japanese Society and Culture (3)

ARH 3530 The Arts of Asia (3)

ARH 4540 Arts of India (3)

ARH 4551 Arts of China (3)

ARH 4554 Arts of Japan (3)

ARH 4571 Islamic Art and Architecture, 7th-21st Centuries (3)

CHI 3440 Business Chinese (3)

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

CHI 4503 Readings in Chinese History (3)

CHI 4930 Special Topics (3)

CHT 3123 Pre-Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (3)

CHT 3391 Chinese Cinema and Culture (3)

CHT 3930 Topics in Chinese Literature (3)

JPN 3202 Readings in Short Stories and Essays (3)

JPN 4930 Special Topics (3)

JPT 3391 Japanese Film and Culture (3)

JPT 4020 Japanese Calligraphy (1)

MUH 4571 Music of Indonesia (3)

MUH 4572 Music of Japan (3)

MUN 2800 World Music Ensemble (1)

REL 2315 Religions of South Asia (3)

REL 2350 Religions of East Asia (3)

REL 3333 Ramayana in Indian Culture and Beyond (3)

REL 3337 Goddesses, Women and Power in Hinduism (3)

REL 3340 The Buddhist Tradition (3)

REL 3358 Tibetan and Himalayan Religions (3)

REL 3363 Islamic Traditions (3)

REL 3367 Islamic Traditions II: Islam up to the Modern World (3)

REL 4335 Modern Hinduism (3)

REL 4357 Classical Tibetan (3)

REL 4359 Special Topics in Asian Religions (3)

Concept and Theory Courses (six credit hours)

Recommended Prerequisite Social Science-Concepts and Theories

CPO 2002 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3)

ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

INR 2002 Introduction to International Relations (3)

Other 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 3056 History and Criticism of Art I (3)

ARH 3057 History and Criticism of Art II (3)

ECO 3303 History of Economic Ideas (3)

ECO 4704 International Trade (3) [with ECO 2013 and ECO 2023 as prerequisites]

ECO 4713 International Finance (3) [with ECO 2013 and ECO 2023 as prerequisites]

ECS 3003 Comparative Economic Systems (3) [with ECO 2013 and ECO 2023 as prerequisites]

GEA 1000 World Geography (3)

GEO 1400 Human Geography (3)

GEO 3502 Economic Geography (3)

GEO 4421 Cultural Geography (3)

GEO 4471 Political Geography (3)

HUM 3321 Multicultural Dimensions of Film and 20th-Century Culture (3)

INR 3004 Geography, History, and International Relations (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

INR 3084 Terror and Politics (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

INR 3502 International Organization (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

INR 3603 Theories of International Relations (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

INR 4011 Politics of Globalization (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

INR 4075 International Human Rights (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

INR 4078 Confronting Human Rights Violations (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

INR 4083 International Conflict (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

INR 4102 American Foreign Policy (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

INR 4124 Statecraft (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

INR 4334 American Defense Policy (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

INR 4702 Political Economy of International Relations (3) [with INR 2002 as prerequisite]

MUH 2051 Music in World Cultures (3)

PAD 3003 Public Administration in American Society (3)

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)

PHM 2300 Introduction to Political Philosophy (3)

PHM 3331r Modern Political Thought (3)

PHM 3400 Philosophy of Law (3)

PHM 4340r Contemporary Political Thought (3)

PSY 2012 General Psychology (3)

PUP 3002 Introduction to Public Policy (3)

PUR 3002 Public Relations Techniques (3)

REL 1300 Introduction to World Religions (3)

REL 3142 Religion, The Self and Society (3)

REL 3170 Religious Ethics and Moral Problems (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)

SYP 3000 Social Psychology of Groups (3)

SYP 3350 Collective Action and Social Movements (3)

SYP 3454 The Global Justice Movement (3)

SYP 3540 Sociology of Law (3)

Additional Asian Studies Courses (Six credit hours)

Select from any approved Asian Studies course or an approved Internship.

INR 4941 International Affairs Internship (3–6)

Definition of Prefix

ASH—Asian History

ASN—Asian Studies

Undergraduate Courses

ASN 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). May be repeated to a maximum of fifteen semester hours with departmental approval.

ASN 4930r. Special Topics in Asian Studies (1–3). May be repeated to a maximum of fifteen semester hours with departmental approval.

ASN 4970r. Honors Thesis (1–6). This course requires six hours of credit that must be taken in two successive semesters and must result in the production of a thesis. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

Graduate Courses

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

ASH 5409. Imperial China (3).

ASN 5910r. Supervised Research (1–5). (S/U grade only.)

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

For listings relating to graduate coursework for thesis, master's comprehensive examination, and thesis defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.


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