This course introduces the traditions and modern development of Asia with special attention to theoretical and methodological issues. The approach is interdisciplinary, covering subject areas such as history, culture, art, literature, music, religion, economics, politics, and law. The course offers an introduction to the region and provides an important foundation for students interested in taking more specialized courses.
Open to Asian studies majors or minors. Students select a specific area of interest for research in consultation with a faculty member from the Asian studies program. Students confer regularly with the faculty member on their work and prepare an essay on an approved subject. Open to other qualified students with permission of the Program Coordinator.
Students who major in Asian studies develop a capstone project during the senior year under the direction of a faculty member in the program.
Prerequisite: Students must be Asian studies majors
Asian studies majors who wish to pursue honors should inform their faculty advisers by the end of the second semester of the junior year. Honors work involves a guided program of independent research culminating in a thesis on a topic to be selected by the student in consultation with his or her adviser. Honors candidates enroll in 496 only upon successfully completing ASIA 495.
*Note: These courses have been taught in the recent past. New courses are in development and some older courses are being discontinued. Please check Lafayette course catalogs and consult individual department listings to stay current.