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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2019-20


Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages

Chair: Allen Hockley

Professors P. K Crossley (History), D. E. Haynes (History), Y. Horiuchi (Government), T. C. Levin (Music), R. Ohnuma (Religion), C. S. Sneddon (Geography and Environmental Studies), D. Washburn (ASCL, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature), W. Xing (ASCL); Associate Professors S. R. Craig (Anthropology), J. Dorsey (ASCL), S. J. Ericson (History), A. F. Hockley (ASCL and Art History), S. L. Kim (ASCL and Art History), E. G. Miller (History), H. Mowry (ASCL), D. A. Peterson (Linguistics), G. Raz (Religion), J. Stanford (Linguistics), S. Suh (ASCL and History); Assistant Professors S. Schmidt-Hori (ASCL), L. Gibbs (ASCL), M. Xie (ASCL); Senior Lecturers Zenghong Chen, M. Ishida (ASCL), A. Li (ASCL), I. W. Watanabe (ASCL), Lei Yan (ASCL); Lecturers K. Bauer (ASCL); Post-docs P. Dube (ASCL), S. Eom (ASCL and Geography)

 

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Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages Requirements

 

Major

  • One introductory course chosen from ASCL 1: Thinking through Asia offerings
  • Two language courses beyond the first-year level (or the equivalent)
  • Three Interdisciplinary, Interregional, Transnational or Diaspora courses
    • note: Students can substitute an additional ASCL 1 for one of these requirements
    • note: ASCL 11s also fulfill this requirement
  • Three discipline specific courses
  • One ASCL 80: Advanced Seminar (serves as the Culminating Experience)

Language Track Major

  • One introductory course chosen from ASCL 1: Thinking through Asia offerings
  • Five language courses beyond the first-year level (or the equivalent)
  • Three Interdisciplinary, Interregional, Transnational or Diaspora courses and discipline specific courses
    • note: Students can substitute an additional ASCL 1 for one of these requirements
    • note: ASCL 11s also fulfill this requirement
  • One ASCL 80: Advanced Seminar (serves as the Culminating Experience)

Minor

  • One introductory course from among the ASCL 1: Thinking through Asia offerings
  • Two Interdisciplinary, Interregional, Transnational or Diaspora courses
    • note: Students can substitute an additional ASCL 1 for one of these requirements
    • note: ASCL 11s also fulfill this requirement
  • Three discipline specific courses

Language Minor

  • Six language courses beyond the first-year level
    • note: Students can substitute one language course with a course "about: language such as linguistics, language and society, or translation theory and practice.

Honors Program

The ASCL Honors Program consists of a two-term, two-course sequence comprised of ASCL 90 and ASCL 91, during which the student completes an honors thesis. To qualify for the Honors Program the applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 overall and GPA of 3.4 in the major. Admission to the program is contingent upon acceptance of the applicant’s thesis proposal. Students should develop a thesis proposal in consultation with a prospective advisor. The primary advisor for an honors thesis must be an ACSL affiliated faculty member. Secondary advisors drawn from ASCL or other departments and programs are encouraged when the student’s project warrants additional expertise. Proposal guidelines can be found on the ASCL website.

As part of the Honors curriculum, ASCL 90 and 91 carry high expectations regarding student performance with regard to writing, deadlines, accountability, and critical reflection. The thesis advisor will assess the student’s progress at the end of the first term of the Honors course sequence. If insufficient progress has been made on the thesis, students will be dropped from the program and given a grade for the work completed in the first term. The grade can count toward the ASCL major but not as a substitute for the ASCL Culminating Experience. A public presentation of the honors thesis at the end of the second term is a requirement of the Honors program. Completion of both ASCL 90 and 91 replace the ASCL culminating experience. ASCL 91 is an addition to ASCL’s ten-course major.

Students wishing to pursue a fall/winter thesis should submit their proposal to the Steering Committee no later than the fifth week of their junior-year spring term. Proposals for winter/spring theses should be submitted no later than the fifth week of the applicants senior year fall term. Admission to the Honors Program is by vote of ASCL Steering Committee.

 

Foreign Study Programs

ASCL offers foreign study programs in China (FSP and LSA+), Japan (LSA+), and Hyderabad (FSP), as well as exchange programs with Yonsei University (Seoul), Keio University (Tokyo), Kanda University (Chiba, Japan), and Waseda University (Tokyo). Information about these programs is available through the Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education.