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Asian Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

The Asian Studies major combines language training with interdisciplinary study of an Asian region or single country. The program emphasizes social science approaches to the study of history, culture and society, with provision for study of literature and the arts as well.

Students who major in Asian Studies choose one of six options. To link to requirements click on an concentration below.

Major Requirements

Asian Studies: General

For the general concentration students need not focus on a single Asian country or even a single region, but may choose their electives with other goals in mind--for example, to provide a broad overview of Asia, or to provide an in-depth investigation of a theme or topic (politics, social change, economic development) across a range of Asian societies. Students may select any Asian language to fulfill the two-year requirement.

Course # Title Credits Quarter
JSIS 203 or
JSIS A 207
Rise of Asia or
Asian Traditions
5 Autumn
Winter (sometimes)
JSIS 201 The Making of the Twenty-first Century 5 Winter or Spring
Introductory courses on Asian Civilizations Two Asian Civilization courses chosen from:
HSTAS 201, 202, 211; JSIS A 202, 206, 212, 221, 241, 242
10 Varies
Asia Electives
3-400 level
Choose min. 10 cr. – max. 20 cr. from 1 region & additional min. 10 cr. from other regions
Asian Electives List
Current Quarter Courses
30 Varies
Research Paper Asian Research Paper written with Jackson School Professor 15 pgs.
Minimum Grade Minimum grade 2.0 in all courses applied to major.
Asian Language Asian Language proficiency through 2nd year college level or 3rd quarter of 2nd year college level.
Click here for an online checklist of course requirements Total Credits: 50

Asian Studies: China

The China concentration in Asian Studies provides students with a sound foundation in one or more aspects of the study of China. The faculty has particular strength in history, both modern and pre-modern, as well as the social sciences. In addition, an extensive range of outstanding courses is available in the areas of language and literature. Students in the China Program are encouraged to take advantage of intensive overseas language training offered by the Inter-University Program in Taipei or the Beijing Chinese Language Program available through Beijing University

Course # Title Credits Quarter
JSIS 203 or
JSIS A 207
Rise of Asia or
Asian Traditions
5 Autumn
Winter (sometimes)
JSIS 201 The Making of the Twenty-first Century 5 Winter or Spring
HSTAS 211 History of Chinese Civilization 5  
2nd Asian Civilization Course One Asian Civilization course chosen from:
HSTAS 201, 202, 211; JSIS A 206, 212, 221, 241, 242
5 Varies
JSIS A 454 History of Modern China 5 Autumn
China Electives
3-400 level
Choose (3-400 level) to include: 5 cr. Pre-modern, 5 cr. Arts & Literature, and additional 10 cr. in one area: Modern, Pre-modern or Arts & Literature
China Electives List
Current Quarter Courses
25 Varies
Research Paper Asian Research Paper written with Jackson School Professor 15 pgs.
Minimum Grade Minimum grade 2.0 in all courses applied to major.
Asian Language Chinese Language proficiency through 2nd year college level or 3rd quarter of 2nd year college level.
Click here for an online checklist of course requirements Total Credits: 50

Asian Studies: Japan

The Japan concentration combines language training with interdisciplinary study to give students a solid background in one or more areas of Japanese studies. Students are offered courses to an advanced level in the following: interdisciplinary studies, economics, business, political science, history, art, literature, and language. Advanced language training is available through the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo, of which the University of Washington is a sponsoring member.

Course # Title Credits Quarter
JSIS 203 or
JSIS A 207
Rise of Asia or
Asian Traditions
5 Autumn
Winter (sometimes)
JSIS 201 The Making of the Twenty-first Century 5 Winter or Spring
HSTAS 241 or
HSTAS 242
Japanese Civilization or
Introduction to Contemporary Japan
5 Varies
2nd Asian Civilization Course One Asian Civilization course chosen from:
HSTAS 201, 202, 211, JSIS A 206, 212, 221
5 Varies
JSIS A 423 History of Modern Japan 5 Autumn
Japan Electives
3-400 level
Choose (3-400 level) to include: min. 15 cr. from Japan Social Science, and additional 10 cr. from Social Science or Japan Humanities/Arts & Literature
Japan Electives List
Current Quarter Courses
25 Varies
Research Paper Asian Research Paper written with Jackson School Professor 15 pgs.
Minimum Grade Minimum grade 2.0 in all courses applied to major.
Asian Language Asian Language proficiency through 2nd year college level or 3rd quarter of 2nd year college level.
Click here for an online checklist of course requirements Total Credits: 50

Asian Studies: Korea

This program focuses on Korea within the broader context of East Asia. While it concentrates on the history, society, and language of Korea, courses on China and Japan are also an important part of the curriculum. In addition, visiting professors in other disciplines regularly complement the resident faculty.

Course # Title Credits Quarter
JSIS 203 or
JSIS A 207
Rise of Asia or
Asian Traditions
5 Autumn
Winter (sometimes)
JSIS 201 The Making of the Twenty-first Century 5 Winter or Spring
HSTAS 212 History of Korean Civilization 5 Autumn
2nd Asian Civilization Course One Asian Civilization course chosen from:
HSTAS 201, 202, 211, JSIS A 206, 221, 241, 242
5 Varies
JSIS A/ ANTH 448 Modern Korean Society 5 Autumn
HSTAS 482 History of Modern Korea 5 Varies
HSTAS 481
or JSIS A 466
History of Traditional Korea or
Comparative Politics and Korea Studies
5 Varies
Korea Electives
3-400 level
Choose from approved upper-level electives
Korea Electives List
Current Quarter Courses
15 Varies
Research Paper Asian Research Paper written with Jackson School Professor 15 pgs.
Minimum Grade Minimum grade 2.0 in all courses applied to major.
Korean Language Proficiency through 2nd year college level or 3rd quarter of 2nd year college level.
  Total Credits: 50

Asian Studies: South Asia

South Asia includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Maldives, Afghanistan and Tibet. Students are expected to gain proficiency in a South Asian language (Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and Sanskrit are offered regularly at all levels) and to pursue a course of study that includes both disciplinary concentration and interdisciplinary breadth. Students have opportunities to pursue language study in India through the program's membership in the American Institute of Indian Studies. Other organizations provide similar opportunities for study in many of the other countries of the region.

Course # Title Credits Quarter
JSIS 203 or
JSIS A 207
Rise of Asia or
Asian Traditions
5 Autumn
Winter (sometimes)
JSIS 201 The Making of the Twenty-first Century 5 Winter or Spring
South Asian History Course JSIS A 206 Contemporary India & Pakistan or
JSIS A/HSTAS 202 South Asian History 1500-present or
HSTAS 201 South Asian History pre-history to 1500
5 Varies
Cross-regional Thematic course 1 Asian Studies Thematic Course – from approved list 5 Varies
South Asia electives 3-400 level electives from an approved list 30 Varies
Research Paper Asian Research Paper written with Jackson School Professor 15 pgs.
Minimum Grade Minimum grade 2.0 in all courses applied to major.
South Asian Language South Asian Language proficiency through 2nd year college level or 3rd quarter of 2nd year college level. Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu.
Click here for an online checklist of course requirements Total Credits: 50

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia

The Southeast Asian Studies concentration promotes the study of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Singapore, Brunei, and the Philippines. Core courses introducing students to the cultures and societies of the region are offered in the Jackson School and in the Departments of Anthropology and History. Additional courses are offered by the Departments of Geography, Asian Languages and Literature, Political Science, Sociology, and in the School of Public Health. Language instruction in Thai, Indonesian, and Vietnamese is offered at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

Course # Title Credits Quarter
JSIS 203 or
JSIS A 207
Rise of Asia or
Asian Traditions
5 Autumn
Winter (sometimes)
JSIS 201 The Making of the Twenty-first Century 5 Winter or Spring
JSIS A/ HSTAS 221 History of Southeast Asia 5 Autumn
2nd Asian Civilization Course One Asian Civilization course chosen from:
HSTAS: 201, 202, 211, JSIS A 206, 212, 241, 242
Or Thematic Courses - Approved List
5 Varies
Section I electives Southeast Asia – primary electives 10 Varies
Section I or II electives Southeast Asia – secondary electives 10 Varies
Minimum Grade Minimum grade 2.0 in all courses applied to major.
Southeast Asian Language Southeast Asian Language proficiency through 2nd year college level or 3rd quarter of 2nd year college level. Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese.
Click here for an online checklist of course requirements Total Credits: 50

Admission to the Major

Any undergraduate in good standing may declare Asian Studies (General) as a major.

Asian Electives List

CHINA

Modern China

Course # Title Credits
ANTH 447 Anthropology of Religion in China 5
SIS 455 Industry & State (when taught by China faculty) 5
*JSIS A/GEOG 236 Development and Challenge in Greater China 5
JSIS A/ANTH 370 Han Chinese Social Culture 5
JSIS A/ANTH 406 China's Environment 5
JSIS A 431/SOC 434 Demographic Issues in Asia 5
JSIS A 403/ANTH 444 Politics of Representation in Modern China 5
JSIS A 404 Religion in China 5
JSIS A 446 Political Development in East Asia 5
JSIS A 408/POL S 442 Government and Politics of China 5
JSIS A/HSTAS 454 History of Modern China 5
JSIS A 453/ECON 468 China's Economic Reforms 5
JSIS A/HSTAS 456 Topics in Chinese Social History 5
JSIS A 459/POL S 419 United States-China Relations 5
JSIS A 462 China's Rise and Its Global Implications; 5
JSIS A/SOC 464 Contemporary Society in the PRC 5
JSIS A/POL S/LSJ 469 Law, Development, Transition in East Asia 5
JSIS A/ANTH 470 Minority Peoples of China 5
JSIS 484 Special Topics East Asia (depending on theme) 1-5, max. 15
CHIN 385 Popular Culture in Twentieth Century China 5
COM 429 Chinese Communication Systems 5
GEOG 372 Asian Environment and Development 5
GEOG 336 China 5
GEOG 313 East Asia 5
GEOG 435 Industrialization and Urbanization China 5
GEOG 438 Cities of East Asia: Geography and Development 5
HSTAS/WOMEN 459 Gender Histories of Modern China 5

Premodern China

Course # Title Credits
JSIS A/HSTAS 456 Topics in Chinese Social History (depending on theme) 5
ECON 466 Economic History of China: 1840-1949 5
JSIS 484 Special Topics East Asia (depending on theme) 1-5, max. 15
HSTAS 451 Chinese History: Earliest Times to 221 B.C. 5
HSTAS 452 Chinese History: to 1368 A.D. 5
HSTAS 453 Chinese History: A.D. 1368 to 1898 5
HSTAS/WOMEN 457 Women in China to 1800 5
CHIN 370 Ancient China 5

China Arts and Literature

Course # Title Credits
*ART H 212 Chinese Art and Visual Culture 5
ART H 310 Chinese Art and Archaeology Neolithic to Han 5
ART H 311 Chinese Painting 5
ART H 315 Buddhist Art of East Asia 5
ART H 411 Chinese Painting Experiences 3
ART H 412 Chinese Bronzes 3
ART H 413 Selected Topics in Chinese Art 3, max 9
*ASIAN 201 Literature and Culture of China: Ancient and Classical 5
*ASIAN 204 Literature and Culture of China from Tradition to Modernity 5
*ASIAN 207 Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia (if China) 5
*ASIAN 211 Languages and Cultures of China 5
*ASIAN 263 Great Works of Asian Literature (if China) 5
CHIN 370 Ancient China 5
CHIN 373 Chinese Poetry 5
CHIN 374 Chinese Prose 5
CHIN 380 Premodern Chinese Narrative in Translation 5
CHIN 381 Literature in Modern China 5
CHIN 385 Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century China 5
CHIN 461 History of Chinese Literature 5
CHIN 462 History of Chinese Literature 5
CHIN 463 History of Chinese Literature 5
CHIN 482 Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese 5
CHIN 496 Special Studies in Chinese (depending on theme) 5
*A maximum of 5 credits of lower-division coursework (200-level) may be counted in the 30 credits constituting the distribution and specialization requirements.

JAPAN

List A (Social Sciences)

Course # Title Credits
ECON 494 Economic Growth of Japan 1850- 5
HSTAS 421 History of Early Japan 5
HSTAS 441 Economic and Social History of Japan to 1900 5
JSIS D/HSTAS 422 History of Tokugawa Japan 5
JSIS A/HSTAS 423 History of Modern Japan 5
JSIS A/HSTAS 424 Emergence of Postwar Japan 5
JSIS A/POL S 435 Government and Politics of Japan 5
JSIS A/POL S 436/POL S 429 Political Parties in Japan and East Asia 5
JSIS A 437/POL S 424 International Relations of Japan 5
JSIS A 473 Political Economy of Postwar Japan 5
JSIS A 449/ANTH 443 Anthropology of Modern Japan 5
JSIS A 473 Political Economy of Postwar Japan 5
JSIS A 474 Civil Society in Japan and East Asia 5
JSIS A 475 Japanese Society 5
JSIS A 478 Japanese Business and Technology 5
JSIS A 487/POL S 418 Japanese Trade Politics 5
JSIS 484 Special Topics East Asia (depending on theme) 1-5, max. 15

List B (Humanities/Other)

Course # Title Credits
JSIS A 478 Readings in Social Sciences in Japanese 5
JSIS A/LAW B 540 Law in East Asia: Japan 5
ART H 315 Buddhist Art of East Asia (when taught by Bogel) 5
ART H 318 Japanese Prints 5
ART H 321 Arts of Japan 5, max. 15
ART H 419 Japanese Architecture 3
ART H 420 Art of the Japanese Print 3
ART H 421 Topics in Art and Visual Culture: Japan 5
JAPAN 321 Japan in Literature 5
JAPAN 322 Japan in Literature 5
JAPAN 323 Japan in Literature 5
JAPAN 360 Topics in Japanese Culture 5
JAPAN 431 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 5
JAPAN 432 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 5
JAPAN 433 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 5
JAPAN 460 Topics in Japanese Popular Culture and Literature 5
JAPAN 473 Readings in Classical Japanese Literature 5

One of the following:

Course # Title Credits
§ART H 204 Survey of Asian Art 5
§ASIAN 202 Literature and Culture of Japan: Traditional Japan 5
§ASIAN 205 Literature and Culture of Japan from Trad. to Modernity 5
†§JSIS A/HSTAS 241 Japanese Civilization 5
†§JSIS A 242 Introduction to Contemporary Japan 5
†if not taken for the Japan Concentration's core requirement
§ A maximum of 5 credits of lower-division coursework (200-level) may be counted in the "LIST B" section of the Asian Studies-Japan Concentration.

KOREA

Course # Title Credits
JSIS A 405/ANTH 449 Social Transformation in Modern East Asia 5
JSIS A/POL S 439 Politics of Divided Korea 5
JSIS A 466/POL S 480 Comparative Politics and Korea Studies (if not taken as required Korea course) 5
JSIS 484 Special Topics East Asia 1-5
GEOG 313 East Asia 5
GEOG 438 Cities of East Asia: Geography and Development 5
HSTAS 481 History of Traditional Korea (if not taken as required Korea course) 5
COM 428 Asian Media Systems 5

No more than 10 credits from:

Course # Title Credits
KOREAN 411 Readings in Contemporary Korean 5
KOREAN 412 Readings in Contemporary Korean 5
KOREAN 413 Readings in Contemporary Korean 5
KOREAN 415 Social Science Literature in Korean 1-5
KOREAN 416 Readings in Korean Literature 5
KOREAN 417 Readings in Korean Journals 5
* A maximum of 5 credits of lower-division coursework (200-level) may be allowed in the 30 credits of Korea/East Asia coursework in the Concentration.

SOUTH ASIA

Required cross-regional/ Thematic Course (5 credits) chosen from:

Course # Title Credits
ANTH/JSIS A 407 Global Futures in East Asia 5
ART H 204 Survey of Asian Art** 5
ART H 315 Buddhist Art of East Asia 5
ASIAN 401 Introduction to Asian Linguistics 5
ASIAN 404 Writing Systems 3
COM 428 Asian Media Systems (formerly CMU 428) 5
GEOG 313 East Asia 5
GEOG 438 Cities of East Asia: Geography and Development 5
HSTAS 244 Imperialism and Anti-Colonialism in Asia** 5
JSIS D/GEOG 372 Asian Environment and Development 5
MUSIC 316 Music Cultures of the World: Asia & Middle East 5
JSIS C 202 Introduction to World Religions: Eastern Tradition** 5
JSIS C 356/ANTH 352 Buddhism and Society 5
JSIS C 354 Buddhism 5
JSIS A 405/ ANTH 449 Social Transformation in Modern East Asia 5
JSIS A 207 Asian Civilizations: Traditions** 5
JSIS A/HSTAS 244 Imperialism and Anti-colonialism in Asia** 5
JSIS A/HSTAS 245 Human Rights in Asia** 5
JSIS A 401 Asia and the World 5
JSIS A 431/ SOC 434 Demographic Asia 5
JSIS D 443/ ANTH 446 Class and Culture in East Asia 5
JSIS A/POL S/ LSJ 469 Law, Development and Transition in East Asia 5
JSIS A 471 New Orders in East Asia 5
JSIS A 472 Science, Tech., & Innovation Policies in E Asia ** Conditional approval 5
JSIS A 346/ HSTAS 348 Alternative Routes to Modernity (when taught by Guy) 5
JSIS D 429 International Population (when taught by Lavely) 5
JSIS B 385 Industry and the State (when taught by Hamilton or Whiting)** 5

Approved South Asia Elective Courses (30 credits from list below):

Course # Title Credits
JSIS A 206 Contemporary India & Pakistan** 5
JSIS A/ ANTH 316 Modern South Asia 5
JSIS A/ ANTH 339 Social Movements in Contemporary India 5
JSIS A/ ANTH 341 Political Violence and the Post-Colonial State in South Asia 5
JSIS A/ POL S 340 Government and Politics of South Asia 5
JSIS A/ POL S 417 Political Economy of India 5
JSIS A/ POL S 434 International Relations in South Asia 5
JSIS B/ GEOG 347 Comparative Geography of Youth 5
JSIS A/ GEOG 438 Social and Political Geography of South Asia 5
JSIS A 485 Special Topics on South Asia 1-5, max. 15
JSIS A 461/ ASIAN 494 Ramayana in Comparative Perspective 5
JSIS A 585 Special Topics on South Asia 5, max. 10
ANTH 317 Anthropology of Tibetan Civilization 5
ANTH 352/ JSIS A 356 Buddhism and Society: The Theravada Buddhist Tradition in South and SE Asia 5
ANTH/ JSIS A 412 South Asian Social Structure 5
ANTH 471 Colonialism and Culture* 5
ANTH 517 Seminar on South Asia 3
ARCH 498 Special Projects (3)* 3
ART H 204 Survey of Asian Art** 5
ART H 306 Indian Art of South Asia 5
ART H 400 Art History and Criticism* 5
ASIAN 203 Literature and Culture of Ancient and Classical India** 5
ASIAN 206 Literature and Culture of South Asia from Tradition to Modernity** 5
ASIAN 263 Great Works of Asian Literature** 5
ASIAN 207 Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia** 5
ASIAN 401 Introduction to Asian Linguistics* 5
ASIAN 404 Writing Systems* 3
ASIAN 405 Advanced Problems in Asian Linguistics* 3
ASIAN 411 Buddhist Literature 5
ASIAN 498 Special Topics* 5
ASIAN 585 Seminar in Buddhism 3, max. 27
HSTAS 201 Ancient Indian Civilization [if not already counted toward civilization req. above] 5
HSTAS 202 Modern Indian Civilization** [if not already counted toward civilization req. above] 5
HSTAS 401 History of Ancient India 5
HSTAS 402 History of Medieval and Mughal India 5
HSTAS 403 History of Modern India to 1900 5
HSTAS 404 History of Twentieth-Century India 5
HSTAS 501 Indian History 3-6
HSTAS 502 Seminar: History of India 3-6, max. 12
HSTAS 503 Seminar: History of India 3-6, max. 12
MUSIC 316 Music Cultures of the World 5
MUSIC 428 Music of North India 3
MUSIC 447 Music of Southern India 3
MUSIC 445 Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology* 3, max. 9
JSIS C 202 Introduction to World Religions: Eastern Traditions** 5
JSIS C 211 Islam** 5
JSIS B 356/ ANTH 352 Buddhism and Society: Theravada Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia 5
JSIS C 352 Hinduism 5
JSIS C 354 Buddhism 5
JSIS C 459 Topics in the Buddhism of Tibet 3
JSIS C 456 Perceptions of the Feminine Divine in Hinduism 5
JSIS B 331 Political Economy of Development* 5
JSIS B/ ANTH/ GWSS 345 Women and International Economic Development 5
JSIS B/ POL S 337 Collective Violence and the State 5
JSIS B 406/ POL S 432 Political Islam 5
JSIS B 407 Islamist Movements 5
JSIS B/ POL S 436 Ethnic Politics and Nationalism in Multi-Ethnic Societies 5

Any South Asian language courses, third-year and above (see list below)

Other courses may be added at a later date. Please watch for newly approved electives on annual and quarterly course listings.

* When taught by South Asia Program faculty.
** A maximum of 5 credits at the lower division level may be counted toward the 35 credits comprising the Asian Option and the Thematic/Cross-Regional requirement.

Advanced South Asian Language Electives

Course # Title Credits
HINDI 401-403 Advanced Hindi 5, 5, 5
HINDI 404 Derivational Morphology of Hindi/Urdu 3
HINDI 421-23 Survey of Modern Hindi Literature 3, 3, 3
HINDI 451 Advanced Hindi Readings 3, max. 9
HINDI 501 Studies in Medieval Braj Literature 3, max. 9
HINDI 502 Studies in Medieval Avadhi Literature 3, max. 9
HINDI 503 Studies in Medieval Sant Literature 3, max. 9
HINDI 504 Studies in Medieval Rajasthani Literature 3
HINDI 510 Structure of Hind 3
INDN 400 Practicum in South Asian Languages 3 max 18 (if advanced level)
INDN 401-402 Pali 3, 3
INDN 403 Introduction to Written Urdu 3
INDN 404 Readings in Urdu Literature 3, max. 18
INDN 410 Prakrit 3, max. 6
INDN 530 Readings in Pali Literature 3. max. 18
INDN 590 Special Topics in Indology 1-5, max. 12
SNKRT 411-13 Advanced Sanskrit 5, 5, 5
SNKRT 491-93 Vedic Studies 3, 3, 3
SNKRT 494 Readings in Religious Classics of India 5
SNKRT 495 Studies in Indian Thought 3, max. 9
SNKRT 550 Seminar on Sanskrit Literature 3, max. 9
SNKRT 555 Seminar on Sanskrit Grammar 3, max. 6
SNKRT 560 Readings in Philosophical Sanskrit 3, max. 9
SNKRT 570 Seminar in Indian Epigraphy and Paleography 3, max. 6
SNKRT 581-82 Readings in Buddhist Texts each 3, max. 9
URDU 401-403 Advanced Urdu 5

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Additional Civilization or Thematic Asia Course (5 credits) chosen from:

ART H 204 Survey of Asian Art 5
ART H 315 Buddhist Art of East Asia 5
ASIAN 401 Introduction to Asian Linguistics 5
ASIAN 404 Writing Systems 3
GEOG 313 East Asia 5
GEOG 438 Cities of East Asia: Geography and Development 5
HSTAS 201 Introduction to South Asian History, pre-history to 1500 5
HSTAS 211 History of Chinese Civilization 5
MUSIC 316 Music Cultures of the World: Asia & Middle East 5
JSIS A 202 /HSTAS 202  Introduction to South Asian History, 1500-present 5
JSIS A 206 Contemporary India & Pakistan 5
JSIS A 207 Asian Civilizations: Traditions 5
JSIS A 212 /HSTAS 212 History of Korean Civilization 5
JSIS A 241 /HSTAS 241 Japanese Civilization 5
JSIS A 242 Introduction to Contemporary Japan 5
JSIS A 244 /HSTAS 244 Imperialism and Anti-colonialism in Asia 5
JSIS A 265 /HSTAS 245 Human Rights in Asia 5
JSIS A 346 /HSTAS 348 Alternative Routes to Modernity (when taught by Guy) 5
JSIS A 401 Asia and the World 5
JSIS A 405 / ANTH 449 Social Transformation in Modern East Asia 5
JSIS A 407 / ANTH 407 Global Futures in East Asia 5
JSIS A 431 / SOC 434 Demographic Asia 5
JSIS A 469 /POL S/ LSJ 469 Law, Development and Transition in East Asia 5
JSIS A 471 New Orders in East Asia 5
JSIS A 472 Science, Tech., & Innovation Policies in E Asia 5
JSIS C 202 Introduction to World Religions: Eastern Traditions 5
JSIS C 354 Buddhism 5
JSIS C 356/ANTH 352 Buddhism and Society 5
JSIS B 385 Industry and the State (when taught by Hamilton or Whiting) 5
JSIS D 372 / GEOG 372 Asian Environment and Development 5
JSIS D 429 International Population (when taught by Lavely) 5
JSIS D 443 / ANTH 446 Class and Culture in East Asia 5

Section I Electives

TWO REQUIRED SE ASIA TOPIC COURSES: (10 credits) from at least two disciplines:

Discipline 1

HSTAS 462 Southeast Asian History to 1800 5
HSTAS 463 Southeast Asian History from 1800 to present 5

Discipline 2

ANTH 314 Ethnography, Transnationalism, and Community in Island SE Asia/Asian American 5
JSIS A/ANTH 315 Southeast Asian Civilization: Buddhist & Vietnamese 5
ANTH 352/JSIS C 356 Buddhism and Society 5
JSIS A 447/ANTH 445 Southeast Asian Literature and Society 5

Discipline 3

JSIS A/POL S 343 Politics and Change in Southeast Asia 5
SOC 470 Contemporary Southeast Asia 5
JSIS A 367 Activism in Southeast Asia 5

Discipline 4

JSIS 486 Special Topics in Southeast Asian Studies 5
ARCHY 309 Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia 5

Electives: 20 additional credits

1) 10 credits from courses not taken above in SECTION I or from those listed in SECTION II below , 
2) 10 credits from courses listed in SECTIONS II or III below, or in SECTION I above.

Section II - Electives

JSIS A/HSTAS 265 The Vietnam Wars 5
JSIS A/ HIST 205 Filipino Histories 5
JSIS A/ HSTAS 364 Violence, Myth, and Memory 5
JSIS A/ HIST 367 Southeast Asian Activism and Social Engagement 5
JSIS A/ C LIT 376 Violence, Myth, and Memory 5
JSIS A 419 Southeast Asian Knowledge and the Politics of Information 5
JSIS D 432 Technology and Culture in the Making of Contemporary Empires 5
JSIS A 462/ HSTAS 466 Islam, Mysticism, Politics, & Performance in Indonesian Culture 5
JSIS B 446 History, Memory, and Justice 5
JSIS B 468 Theater, History and Memory 5
JSIS A 463 Topics in Southeast Asian History & Society 5
GEOG 434 Southeast Asia: Conflict and Development 5
MUSIC 439 Music of Indonesia and the Philippines 5
GWSS 423 Feminism, the State, and Democracy in Indonesia 5

Section III - Electives

AES 322/GWSS 322 Race & Gender* 5
AAS 390 Asian American Family & Personality* 5
AAS 395 Southeast Asian Culture 5
AAS 498 Special Topics (when topic is Economic Development of Southeast Asians) 5
ANTH 357 Text & Performance in Island Southeast Asia 5
ANTH 421 Belief, Ritual, & the Structure of Religion 5
ANTH 428 Anthropological Perspectives on Ethnicity* 5
ANTH 492/CHS 492 Anthropology of Refugees 3
ASIAN 498 Special Topics* 1-5
ECON 491 Issues in Economic Development* 5
ECON 591 Theoretical Issues in Economic Development* 5
ENGL 473 Current Development in English Studies (when topic is Language Policy and Indochinese Refugees)* 5
ENGL 478 Language & Social Policy* 5
GEOG 349 Geography of International Trade* 5
HSTAA 338 The United States and Vietnam 5
HIST 346 Images of War in History, Literature, & Media 5
MUSIC 316 Music Cultures of the World: Near East, Central Asia, Far East, South and Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and the Philippines 5
MUSAP 389 World Music (when topic is focused on SE Asian music genre) 2-3
MUSIC 445 Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology (when topic is focused on SE Asian music genre) 3
POL S 433 International Relations in Southeast Asia 5
JSIS B 406 Political Islam & Islamic Fundamentalism 5
JSIS D 435/SOC 432 Population & Modernization* 3
SOC 401 Special Topics in Sociology (when taught by Hirschman) 5
GWSS 305 Feminism in an International Context 5
GWSS 322/AES 322 Race & Gender* 5
>Not more than one of the following:
>JSIS C 202 Introduction to World Religions: Eastern Traditions 5
>GWSS 205 Introduction to Global Perspectives on Women* 5

Other courses may be added at a later date. Please watch for newly approved electives on annual and quarterly course listings.

* When taught by Southeast Asian faculty.

THEMATIC/CROSS-REGIONAL COURSES for South and Southeast Concentrations

(300- and 400-level courses are also acceptable as electives in the General Concentration)

ANTH/JSIS A 407  Global Futures in East Asia 5
◊◊ART H 204 Survey of Asian Art 5
ART H 315 Buddhist Art and Material Culture of East Asia 5
ASIAN 401 Introduction to Asian Linguistics 5
ASIAN 404 Writing Systems 3
COM 428 Asian Media Systems (formerly CMU 428) 5
GEOG 313 East Asia 5
GEOG 438 Cities of East Asia: Geography and Development 5
MUSIC 316 Music Cultures of the World: Asia & Middle East 5
◊◊JSIS B 202 Introduction to World Religions: Eastern Traditions 5
JSIS C 354 Buddhism 5
JSIS C 356/ ANTH 352 Buddhism and Society 5
JSIS A 405/ ANTH 449 Social Transformation in Modern East Asia 5
◊◊JSIS 207 Asian Civilizations: Traditions 5
◊◊JSIS A/ HSTAS 244 Imperialism and Anti-colonialism in Asia 5
◊◊JSIS A/ HSTAS 245 Human Rights in Asia 5
JSIS D/ GEOG 372 Asian Environment and Development 5
JSIS A 401 Asia and the World 5
JSIS A 431/ SOC 434 Demographic Asia 5
JSIS D 443/ ANTH 446 Class and Culture in East Asia 5
JSIS A/ POL S/ LSJ 469 Law, Development and Transition in East Asia 5
JSIS A 471 New Orders in East Asia 5
JSIS A 472 Science, Tech., & Innovation Policies in E Asia 5
Conditional Approval
JSIS A 346/ HSTAS 348 Alternative Routes to Modernity (when taught by Guy) 5
JSIS D 429 International Population (when taught by Lavely) 5
JSIS B 385 Industry and the State (when taught by Hamilton or Whiting) 5

◊◊A maximum of 10 credits of lower-division coursework (200-level) may be allowed toward the Concentration Courses in the Asian Studies-South Asia Concentration.

Asian Studies Minor Requirements

Undergraduates also may choose a minor in any of five Asia-related Jackson School programs: China Studies, Japan Studies, Korea Studies, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies. Study of a foreign language is encouraged but not required. Information on the requirements for these minors is available in Thomson 111, or through the JSIS Minors Web page.

Revised 3/27/2014

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gugerty@u.washington.edu

Erin Murphy/Program Assistant
Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 9-12, or by appt.
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax
africa1@u.washington.edu

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