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Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Gautam Dasgupta
Telephone:
(518) 580 - 5435
Office: Bernhard Theater 205

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:
Kim Newsom
Telephone:
(518) 580 - 5280
Office: Harder 213

Majors


East Asia Concentration (a total of 32 to 34 credit hours)
 

  1. Language. At least four semesters of Chinese or Japanese at Skidmore or approved programs. Students are encouraged to spend a year in an approved program in China or Japan, and to continue their language studies throughout the major.
     
  2. Language across the curriculum: 2 credits in FC 340  or FJ 340 , to be completed senior year in conjunction with Senior Seminar or earlier (for students entering Skidmore fall 2011 and beyond).
     
  3. Foundation. One course in each of two of the following categories, focusing on China or Japan. (Note: Not all AS Foundation courses fulfill all-College Breadth requirements; please consult individual course descriptions.)

    1. one history (HI 142 , HI 217  (when applicable), HI 241 , HI 247 , HI 347 , HI 363  (when applicable), HI 375  (when applicable);
       
    2. one social science (AN 245, AN 252  (when applicable), AN 351 ; FL 267 , GO 344 );
       
    3. one humanities (AH 106, AH 204, AH 210, AH 311, AH 312, FL 241 , FL 242 , FL 243 , FL 244 , FL 245 , FL 246  , FL 257 , FL 258 , FL 259 , FL 269 , FL 376  (when applicable), PH 215 , PR 325 , GW 227 .)
       
  4. Junior Year.

         a. Study in China or Japan; language study and practice; varying culture courses, for at least three 300-level credits on East Asia; or

         b. At Skidmore: at least three credits at the 300 level in Asian Studies; electives will continue language study and develop comparative and disciplinary focus.
     
  5. Senior Year. At least 6 credits at the 300 level, three of which are AS 372 , a spring-semester independent study taken in conjunction with  AS 375 , Asian Studies Seminar, where the capstone project or research paper undertaken in the independent study and other issues will be discussed.


South Asia Concentration
(a total of thirty-two to thirty-four credit hours)
 

  1. Language Track. Students are encouraged to participate in an approved program in South Asia.  Students choose one of the following three options:

         a.  8 credit hours of Hindi in an approved India program, plus two courses of self-instructional Hindi at Skidmore;

         b.  8 credit hours of a modern Indian language in an approved India program, plus two courses of an approved Indian language at Skidmore;

         c.  8 credit hours of a modern Indian language in an approved India program, or two courses of self-instructional Hindi at Skidmore, plus two culture courses on India (in addition to courses that fulfill other requirements for the major) at Skidmore, from the list of approved courses for the major.

    Non-Language Track (an option available only when Skidmore cannot provide self-instructional Hindi).  Students who cannot participate in an approved program in South Asia with a language component take an additional eight credit hours of culture courses on India (which may include another approved Indian language), selected from the list of courses approved for the major, and requiring approval of the director: AH 105 , AH 200, AH 211, AH 251  (when applicable), AH 361 (when applicable), AH 375 (when applicable); AS 251  (when applicable); DA 214, DA 314; EN 229  (when applicable), EN 363  (when applicable), GO 240 , GO 319 , GO 344 ; HI 217  (when applicable), HI 316 , HI 363  (when applicable), HI 375  (when applicable); MP 281 Sitar and Tabla; MU 205  (when applicable), MU 309 , PH 215 , PR 214 , PR 326 , RE 213 , RE 220 .
     
  2. Foundation. Two courses, each from a different discipline, selected from the following courses: AH 105 , AH 200, AH 211, AH 314; GO 240 , GO 319 , GO 344 ; HI 316 , MU 309 , PH 215 , PR 214 , PR 326 RE 213 , RE 220 .
     
  3. Junior Year†

         a.  Study in India; language study and practice; varying culture courses, for at least three 300-level credits on South Asia; Or

         b.  At Skidmore: At least three credits at the 300 level in Asian studies; electives will continue language study and develop comparative and disciplinary focus.
     
  4. Senior Year. At least six credits at the 300 level, three of which are AS 372 , a spring-semester independent study taken in conjunction with  AS 375 , Asian Studies Seminar, where the capstone project or research paper undertaken in the independent study and other issues will be discussed.

†Recommended for both concentrations: Completion of all-college requirements and disciplinary prerequisites for advanced courses by the end of the sophomore year.

THE WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: As an interdisciplinary major committed to communication across cultures, languages, and disciplines, Asian Studies proposes different paths to students as they hone their writing skills within multiple disciplines and come together in the senior year for a capstone experience that recognizes the various disciplinary perspectives within which students have been working. As writers, Asian Studies students pay particular attention to clarity as they cross disciplinary, cultural, and linguistic boundaries. They learn to observe disciplinary expectations, to integrate disciplinary perspectives in their study of Asia, and to express themselves effectively and clearly.  They recognize that their writing models English for clarity and correctness to others in the cultures they study, and they are particularly attentive to language as it embeds and carries cultural assumptions and presuppositions. They are alert to national, cultural, ethnic, political, and gender differences and are expected to be able to analyze complex and interconnected cross-cultural issues, using a multidisciplinary approach.

Students fulfill the writing requirement in the Asian Studies major upon successful completion of at least one course at the 100 or 200 level in another discipline (see list of courses) that emphasizes writing, reading, and/or research skills in the  study of Asia and in AS 375, Asian Studies Senior Seminar. Courses that meet the 100 or 200-level requirement include EN 229 , EN 231 , EN 232 , GO 240 , GO 319 , GO 344 , HI 142 , HI 217 , HI 241 , HI 247 , PH 215 , PR 214 , RE 213 , RE 220 , Art History’s 1 credit 200-level course taken in conjunction with AH 104 , AH 105 , AH 106, AH 200, AH 204, AH 209 , AH 210, AH 211.
 

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