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The Faculty

Program Coordinator: Shigeru Suzuki
Teaching Faculty:

Carla Bellamy (Sociology and Anthropology)
Charlotte Brooks (History)
Eva Chou (English)
Kenneth Guest (Sociology and Anthropology)
Shigeru Suzuki (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature)
Ping Xu (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature)
John Yu (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature)

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Field Description

The interdisciplinary concentration in Asian and Asian American studies introduces students to the methods and concerns of a wide spectrum of disciplines: anthropology, art history, history, linguistics, literature, political science, and sociology. Recognizing the importance of Asia in the international context and the impact of Asian American communities on U.S. society, Asian and Asian American studies prepares students to participate in an increasingly diverse and globalized society.

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The Major

Arts and Sciences Ad Hoc Major in Asian And Asian American Studies

Students can combine Asian and Asian American studies courses with other liberal arts disciplines as well as courses in international business to devise a unique arts and sciences ad hoc major. The arts and sciences ad hoc major requires 30--33 credits. The program must be approved by the Office of the Associate Dean, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. Students interested in including Asian and Asian American studies courses as part of an arts and sciences ad hoc major should contact Professor Shigeru Suzuki, Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, at 646-312-4235 or  Shigeru.Suzuki@baruch.cuny.edu.

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The Minor

The minor in Asian and Asian American studies is an interdisciplinary concentration offering the advanced study of Asian cultures and the histories and experiences of communities of Asian descent residing in the United States. This 9-credit minor is an ideal choice for students majoring in accounting, business, finance, management, or any discipline in the liberal arts. This minor is particularly recommended for students who are preparing for careers in education, law, business, social work, journalism, politics, and nonprofit organizations.

To complete the minor in Asian and Asian American studies, students are required to take two courses numbered 3000 and higher from the list below, and the capstone course in Asian and Asian American studies. In addition to fulfilling the 9-credit requirement, students interested in the Asian and Asian American studies minor are strongly advised to take at least one year of Chinese or Japanese language courses.

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Required Courses 

AAS 4010 

Chinese Immigration in Global Perspective ( SOC 4010)

3 credits

 or  
AAS 4900Capstone Course: Critical Issues in Asian and Asian American Studies3 credits
or  
AAS 4907Film and Moving Image Culture in Japan ( CMP 4907), ( FLM 4907)3 credits

Electives
Choose two course numbered 3000 or higher from the following:

AAS 3080 

A Survey of Asian History ( HIS 3080)

3 credits

AAS 3085Topics in Asian and Asian American Studies3 credits

AAS 3175 

The Lives of Hinduism ( ANT 3175, REL 3175, SOC 3175)

3 credits

AAS 3345 

Asian American History ( HIS 3345)

3 credits

AAS 3346 

The Rise of Asia in World Affairs ( HIS 3346), ( POL 3346)

3 credits

AAS 3540The Tradition of Islam ( ANT 3540), ( REL 3540), ( SOC 3540)3 credits 

AAS 3820 

History of Chinese Religion ( HIS 3820)

3 credits

AAS 3821 

South Asian Religion ( ANT 3821, REL 3821)

3 credits

AAS 3842

The Making of Modern India ( HIS 3842), ( POL 3842)

3 credits 

AAS 3851 

The Heritage of Chinese Civilization ( HIS 3851)

3 credits

AAS 3852 

Modernization and Westernization in Asia ( HIS 3852)

3 credi

AAS 3853 

The Emergence of Modern Japan ( HIS 3853)

3 credits

AAS 3854 

China in Revolution ( HIS 3854)

3 credits

AAS 4010 

Chinese Immigration in Global Perspective ( SOC 4010)

3 credits

AAS 4905 

Language, Literature, and Culture of Japan  ( CMP 4905)

3 credits

AAS 4906 Critical Approaches to Japanese Popular Culture ( CMP 4906)3 credits

ANT 3113 

Cultures and Peoples of India ( SOC 3113)

3 credits

ANT 3114 

Cultures and Peoples of the South Pacific Islands ( SOC 3114)

3 credits

ART 3220 

Islamic Art

3 credits

ART 3260 

Asian Art

3 credits

ENG 3032 

Ethnic Literature*

3 credits

ENG 3840 

Literature and Philosophy of South Asia

3 credits

ENG 3950 

Topics in Literature*

3 credits

HIS 3084 

The Historical Search for the Prophet Mohammad ( REL 3084)

3 credits

HIS 3085 

The Islamic Middle East and North Africa: 1622-1789

3 credits

HIS 3086 

The Modern Middle East and North Africa ( POL 3086)

3 credits

HIS 3841 

Ancient India

3 credits

HIS 3860 

Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History*

3 credits

MSC 3005 

Music of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific

3 credits

POL 3365 

Asian Political Systems

3 credits

REL 3540 

The Tradition of Islam

3 credits

*Topics as relevant to the minor.
**Feit Seminar 

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Language Courses
Students are strongly advised to take a sequence of courses in Japanese or Chinese in addition to the 9-credit minor requirement. Some language courses may be taken in arrangement with other CUNY campuses, abroad, or at a summer intensive-language program. Instruction in Chinese and Japanese is offered at Baruch in the following courses:

CHI 1001 

Elementary Chinese I

3 credits

CHI 1002 

Elementary Chinese II

3 credits

CHI 2001 

Upper Elementary Chinese I

3 credits

CHI 2002 

Upper Elementary Chinese II

3 credits

CHI 3001 

Lower Intermediate Chinese

4 credits

CHI 3002 

Upper Intermediate Chinese

4 credits

CHI 3005 

Chinese for Heritage Students I

3 credits

CHI 3006 

Chinese for Heritage Students II

3 credits

CHI 4181 

Classical Chinese Literature I

3 credits

CHI 4182 

Classical Chinese Literature II

3 credits

CHI 4501 

Business Chinese I

3 credits

CHI 4502 

Business Chinese II

3 credits

JPN 1001-1002 

Elementary Japanese I and II

3 credits

JPN 3001 

Intensive Intermediate Japanese I

3 credits

JPN 3002 

Intensive Intermediate Japanese II

3 credits

JPN 4501 

Japanese for Global Markets

3 credits

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Courses

Courses in Asian and Asian American Studies (AAS)

AAS 1512 

Introduction to the Religions of Asia

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 2155 

Philosophies from India ( PHI 2155), ( REL 2155)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 2165 

Classical Buddhism ( HIS 2165), ( PHI 2165), ( REL 2165)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 2170 

Classical Chinese Philosophy ( HIS 2170), ( PHI 2170)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 3080 

A Survey of Asian History ( HIS 3080)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 3085 

Topics in Asian and Asian American Studies

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 3175 

The Lives of Hinduism ( ANT 3175), ( REL 3175), ( SOC 3175)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 3345 

Asian American History ( HIS 3345)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 3346 

The Rise of Asia in World Affairs ( HIS 3346), ( POL 3346)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 3540The Tradition of Islam ( ANT 3540), ( REL 3540), ( SOC 35403 hours; 3 credits 

AAS 3820 

History of Chinese Religion ( HIS 3820), ( REL 3820)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 3821 

South Asian Religion ( ANT 3821), ( REL 3821)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 3842 

The Making of Modern India ( HIS 3842), ( POL 3842)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 3851 

The Heritage of Chinese Civilization ( HIS 3851)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 3852 

Modernization and Westernization in Asia ( HIS 3852)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 3853 

The Emergence of Modern Japan ( HIS 3853)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 3854 

China in Revolution ( HIS 3854)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 4010 

Chinese Immigration in Global Perspective ( SOC 4010)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 4900 

Capstone Course: Critical Issues in Asian and Asian American Studies

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 4905 

Language, Literature, and Culture of Japan ( CMP 4905)

3 hours; 3 credits

AAS 4906 

Critical Approaches to Japanese Popular Culture ( CMP 4906)

3 Hours, 3 Credits

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