Asian Studies

The Asian Studies major offers an interdisciplinary framework for the examination of the societies and cultures of Asia. Students must choose to focus on China, Japan, or South Asia. The goal of the major is a comprehensive understanding of the region of choice from historical, social, and cultural perspectives, but a thorough grasp of the interrelations among regions is also crucial.


Curricular requirements

In addition to the language and study away requirements for all majors (see Major Requirements page), the Asian studies major consists of ten credits, distributed as follows:

  • Global Core course (one credit)—See list of Global Core courses under Global Studies.
  • Area courses (five credits)—These must be chosen according to the following guidelines and include at least one course at the 300 level and taken at Trinity. In consultation with their INTS advisers, students must choose a cultural/regional concentration, ordinarily in conjunction with the Asian language they have chosen to fulfill the language requirement.
  • One history survey course in a student's cultural/regional concentration:
  • China
    • HIST 241. History of China, Shang to Ming
    • HIST 242. History of China, Qing to Present
  • Japan
    • HIST 222. Japan from the Dawn of Human History to the 17th Century
    • HIST 223. Japan into the Modern World
  • South Asia
    • INTS 120. Introduction to South Asia
    • INTS 121. Modern India
  • Four additional credits, distributed among three of the following four categories (two must be in the cultural/regional concentration):
  • Arts
    • AHIS 103. Introduction to Asian Art
    • AHIS 207 The Arts of China
    • AHIS 208. The Arts of Japan
    • RELG 253. Indian and Islamic Painting
    • RELG 254. Buddhist Art
    • Literature and culture
    • AMST 260. Exploring Asian American Experiences
    • HIST 117. Tokyo Story
    • HIST 222. Japan from the Dawn of Human History to the 17th Century
    • HIST 223. Japan into the Modern World
    • HIST 241. History of China, Shang to Ming
    • HIST 242. History of China, Qing to Present
    • HIST 312. Korea and Japan in Historical Perspective
    • HIST 326. Disaster Archipelago: Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and the Japanese
    • HIST 345. Warring States: The United States and Vietnam
    • HIST 362. The Samurai Warrior in History, Myth, and Reality
    • HIST 363. Living on the Margins of Modern Japan
    • HIST 393. Past as Prophesy and Protest in Postwar Japanese Cinema
    • INTS 120. Introduction to South Asia
    • INTS 121. Modern India
    • INTS 236. Japanese Crime Literature and Film
    • INTS 237. 20th Century Chinese Literature
  • Social science
    • ANTH 244. Borderlands of East and Southeast Asia
    • ANTH 247. China through Film
    • ANTH 303. Urban China
    • INTS 202. Pacific Asia: Fall and Resurgence
    • INTS 226. Gandhi, King, and Nonviolence
    • INTS 261. The South Asian City
    • POLS 253. Authoritarianism in Eurasia
    • POLS 331. Comparative Politics of Northeast Asia
  • Religion
    • RELG 151. Religions of Asia
    • RELG 181. Islam
    • RELG 252. The Asian Mystic
    • RELG 256. Buddhist Thought
    • RELG 335. Hindu Views of War and Peace
    • RELG 353. Buddhism in America

  • Electives (three credits)—Electives may consist of area courses from any of the area studies majors, additional Global Core courses, or language courses in excess of the four semester requirement.
  • INTS 401. Senior Seminar in International Studies (one credit)