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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

College of Letters and Science

Asian Studies

Yea-Fen Chen, Associate Professor, Linguistics, Coordinator
AJ Corner, Advisor, GAR 111, (414) 229-6925, corner@uwm.edu (Last names A-L)
Aparna Datey, Advisor, GAR 113, (414) 229-3042, datey@uwm.edu (Last names M-Z)

The Certificate in Asian Studies is open to all students seeking a bachelor’s degree from UWM, to those who previously received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to people who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject area. To be admitted to the university as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular university admission requirements. Students completing the certificate not in conjunction with a degree are not eligible for financial aid.

The certificate is designed in two forms: one that includes language study, and another that does not. Language study, however, greatly deepens the student’s knowledge and capacities in Asian studies, and so the distinction is meaningful. Both forms of this certificate are designed for students majoring in any field in the University who wish to complement their majors with an additional concentration in Asian studies. The Asian Studies Certificate with a language focus is not open to students majoring or minoring in Chinese or Japanese at UWM.

Students enrolling in the Asian Studies Certificate Program are required to earn a minimum of 18 credits, at least 9 of which must be completed at UWM. Of the 18 credits, at least 12 credits must be taken in courses in the College of Letters and Science, and 6 of those must be at the upper level (numbered 300 and above). Of the required credits, at least 9 must be at the 300-level or above, of which 6 credits must be non-language courses. Courses counting for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis. Students must achieve a grade point average of 2.7 or above in all courses counting toward the certificate. A maximum of 6 credits in a combination of approved independent study and/or relevant Asian-focused courses from other schools and colleges may count toward the requirements of the program. All students are required to complete an exit survey before the certificate is awarded.

To earn either the general Asian Studies Certificate (18 credits) or the Asian Studies Certificate with a language focus (30 credits), the following are required:

One of the following gateway courses (3 cr.):

ArtHist 105 Asian Art and Architecture (HU)
Econ 193 First-Year Seminar: "Economics of East Asia" (SS)
Geog 213 Geography of Asia (SS)
• Hist 175 East Asia Civilization to 1600 (HU)
• Hist 176 East Asian Civilization Since 1600 (HU)
• Philos 204 Introduction to Asian Religions (HU)

Elective credits from the approved list (15 cr):

• A minimum of 6 credits must be upper-level (numbered 300 or above) non-language courses;
• An additional 9 credits of approved electives, at least 3 of which must be at the 300 level or above.

To earn the certificate with a language focus, in addition to satisfying all of the above requirements, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in a single Asian language. The Asian Studies certificate with a language focus is open to students in any major or minor, with the exception of students majoring or minoring in Chinese or Japanese at UWM.

Interested students should contact the program advisor as soon as they decide to pursue the Asian Studies certificate. The advisor’s function is to help the student design a program of study from among the available courses and to guide the student in completing that program.

The following courses have been approved for the Certificate in Asian Studies:

Anthro 323

Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia


Anthro 326

Peoples and Cultures of South Asia


ArtHist 105

Asian Art and Architecture


ArtHist 308

Film Styles: "Asian Cinema and Spiritual Practices" subtitle


ArtHist 382

Chinese Art and Architecture


ArtHist 383

Japanese Art and Architecture


ArtHist 480

Chinese Painting


ArtHist 481

Topics in Chinese Art: (Subtitle)


Chinese 101 First Semester Chinese 5
Chinese 102 Second Semester Chinese 5
Chinese 150 Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture 3
Chinese 200 Chinese Calligraphy 3
Chinese 201 Third Semester Chinese 3
Chinese 202 Fourth Semester Chinese 5
Chinese 301 Fifth Semester Chinese 3
Chinese 302 Sixth Semester Chinese 3
Chinese 320 Contemporary Chinese Societies Through Film 3
Chinese 401 Seventh Semester Chinese 3
Chinese 402 Eighth Semester Chinese 3
Chinese 441 (310) Business Chinese 3

CompLit 230

Literature and Society: ("Land Society: Chinese Literature Before the 20th Century" subtitle


CompLit 360

Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: (Asia subtitle)


CompLit 362 Transnational Asian Cinemas: (Subtitle) 3
CompLit 363 Chinese Literature in the Global Context: (Subtitle) 3

Econ 193

Freshman Seminar: "Economics of Asia" subtitle


Econ 351

Introduction to International Economics


Econ 353

Economic Development


English 316 World Cinema: "Hong Kong Cinema" subtitle 3

English 507

Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature: "Representations of Self in Japanese and Western Literature" subtitle


Ethnic 265 Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life (jointly offered w/Hmong 265) 3
FLL 109 (Linguis 163) First-Semester Lao Literacy 3
FLL 110 (Linguis 164) Second-Semester Lao Literacy 3
FLL 299 Ad Hoc: "Language and Culture of Laos" subtitle 3

Geog 115

Introductory Economic Geography


Geog 213

Geography of Asia


Geog 443

Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography (with Asian emphasis)


Geog 470

Geography of South Asia


Hist 175

East Asian Civilization to 1600


Hist 176

East Asian Civilization Since 1600


Hist 286

The Korean War


Hist 287

The Vietnam War


Hist 370

Topics in the History of Religious Thought: "Introduction to Buddhist Thought" (subtitle)


Hist 376

History of Ancient China: Earliest Times to 220 A.D.


Hist 377

Modern China


Hist 378

Revolution in China


Hist 381

Southeast Asia: The Formative Period to 1800


Hist 382

Southeast Asia: The Age of Imperialism and Revolution Since 1800


Hist 394

History of Japan to 1868


Hist 395

History of Japan Since 1868


Hist 396

Japan’s Economic Miracle: Historical Roots


Hist 397

Postwar Japan


Hist 398 Honors Seminar: "Political Crisis in Ancient China" (subtitle) 3
Hmong 105 First-Semester Hmong 3
Hmong 106

Second-Semester Hmong

Hmong 107 (FLL 107) First-Semester Hmong Literacy 3
Hmong 108 (FLL 108) Second-Semester Hmong Literacy 3
Hmong 265 Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life (jointly offered w/Ethnic 265) 3

Honors 200

Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind - (Asia subtitle)


Intl St 550

Senior Seminar in International Studies: "Conflicts and the Economy in East Asia" (subtitle)


Japan 101

First Semester Japanese


Japan 102

Second Semester Japanese


Japan 110 Japanese Popular Culture 3
Japan 200 Japanese Culture and Its Effect on Language 3

Japan 201

Third Semester Japanese


Japan 202 Fourth Semester Japanese 5
Japan 220 Introduction to Japanese Food Studies  
Japan 301 Fifth Semester Japanese 3
Japan 302 Sixth Semester Japanese 3
Japan 321 Analyzing Hollywood-Japan Film Remakes 3
Japan 330 Japanese Language and Culture 3
Japan 331 Reading Japanese Short Stories 3
Japan 361 Translating Japanese Media 3
Japan 401 Seventh Semester Japanese 3
Japan 402 Eighth Semester Japanese 3
Japan 403 (416) Introduction to Translation: Japanese to English 3
Japan 441

Business Japanese I

Korean 101 First Semester Korean 5
Korean 102 Second Semester Korean 5
Korean 201 Third Semester Korean 5
Korean 202 Fourth Semester Korean 5

Philos 204

Introduction to Asian Religions


Philos 470

Religious Thought in Classical India


Philos 475

Special Topics in Indian Religious Thought: (Subtitle)


Pol Sci 314

Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy


Pol Sci 341

Politics and Markets in Pacific-Rim Countries: (Subtitle)


Pol Sci 343

Asian International Relations


Sociol 215

Religion and Society


Sociol 325

Social Change


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