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The Faculty

Program Co-coordinators: Carla Bellamy, Charlotte Brooks
Teaching Faculty:

Ervand Abrahamian (History)
Carla Bellamy (Sociology and Anthropology)
Charlotte Brooks (History)
Eva Chou (English)
Kenneth Guest (Sociology and Anthropology)
Marina Heung (English)
Veena T. Oldenburg (History),
Parmatma Saran (Sociology and Anthropology)
Tansen Sen (History)
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 Carla Bellamy, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at 646-312-4482 or carla.bellamy@baruch.cuny.edu or Professor Charlotte Brooks, Department of History, at 646-312-4340 or charlotte.brooks@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 fulfill the College-wide requirement for the Tier III minor with a concentration 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 

Capstone Course: Critical Issues in Asian and Asian American Studies

3 credits

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

A Survey of Asian History  (

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3 credits

Philosophies from India  (

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3 credits

Classical Buddhism  (

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3 credits

The Lives of Hinduism  (

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3 credits

Asian American History  (

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3 credits

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

3 credits

History of Chinese Religion  (

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3 credits

South Asian Religion  (

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3 credits

The Heritage of Chinese Civilization  (

)

3 credits

Modernization and Westernization in Asia  (

)

3 credits

The Emergence of Modern Japan (

)

3 credits

China in Revolution  (

)

3 credits

Chinese Immigration in Global Perspective  (

)

3 credits

Language, Literature, and Culture of Japan  (

)

3 credits

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

Cultures and Peoples of India  (

)

3 credits

Cultures and Peoples of the South Pacific Islands  (

)

3 credits

Islamic Art

3 credits

Asian Art

3 credits

Ethnic Literature*

3 credits

Literature and Philosophy of South Asia

3 credits

Topics in Literature*

3 credits

The Historical Search for the Prophet Mohammad

3 credits

The Islamic Middle East and North Africa: 1622-1789

3 credits

The Modern Middle East and North Africa

3 credits

Ancient India

3 credits

The Making of Modern India

3 credits

The Heritage of Chinese Civilization

3 credits

Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History**

3 credits

Music of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific

3 credits

Asian Political Systems

3 credits

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:

Elementary Chinese I

3 credits

Elementary Chinese II

3 credits

Upper Elementary Chinese I

3 credits

Upper Elementary Chinese II

3 credits

Lower Intermediate Chinese

4 credits

Upper Intermediate Chinese

4 credits

Chinese for Heritage Students I

3 credits

Chinese for Heritage Students II

3 credits

Classical Chinese Literature I

3 credits

Classical Chinese Literature II

3 credits

Business Chinese I

3 credits

Business Chinese II

3 credits

Elementary Japanese I and II

3 credits

Intensive Intermediate Japanese I

3 credits

Intensive Intermediate Japanese II

3 credits

Japanese for Global Markets

3 credits

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Courses

Courses in Asian and Asian American Studies (AAS)

Introduction to the Religions of Asia

3 hours; 3 credits

Philosophies from India

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Buddhism

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Chinese Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

A Survey of Asian History

3 hours; 3 credits

Topics in Asian and Asian American Studies

3 hours; 3 credits

Philosophies from India

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Buddhism

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Chinese Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

The Lives of Hinduism

3 hours; 3 credits

Asian American History

3 hours; 3 credits

The Rise of Asia in World Affairs

3 hours; 3 credits

History of Chinese Religion

3 hours; 3 credits

South Asian Religion

3 hours; 3 credits

The Making of Modern India

3 hours; 3 credits

The Heritage of Chinese Civilization

3 hours; 3 credits

Modernization and Westernization in Asia

3 hours; 3 credits

The Emergence of Modern Japan

3 hours; 3 credits

China in Revolution

3 hours; 3 credits

Chinese Immigration in Global Perspective

3 hours; 3 credits

Capstone Course: Critical Issues in Asian and Asian American Studies

3 hours; 3 credits

"Language, Literature, and Culture of Japan"

3 hours; 3 credits

Critical Approaches to Japanese Popular Culture

3.0 Hours, 3.0 Credits

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