Asian Studies Major

A minimum of 40 credits of course work on Asia. Any course that devotes 50% or more of its substance to Asian countries, peoples, or issues may count toward the major.  One (1) course (4 credits) on Asian diasporas in any discipline may count toward the major. 

Requirements for the major are:

1. Four (4) courses (16 credits), equivalent to two years of college-level study of an Asian language.  Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean are offered at Mount Holyoke, and other Asian languages are available through the Five Colleges.  No more than four (4) credits taken through the Five College Mentored Language Program may be counted toward the major.

2.  Three (3) introductory courses (12 credits):  History 137 (“Modern East Asia”) on East Asia; either History 124 (“Modern South Asia”) or Asian Studies 103 (“Introduction to Indian Civilization”), on South Asia; and either History 111 (“The Making of the Modern Middle East”) or International Relations 211 (“Middle East Politics”), on the Middle East.

3.  Three (3) non-language courses (12 credits) at the 300-level, including courses at least two of the three regions covered by Asian Studies – East Asia, South Asia, Middle East. A course that is taught outside of Mount Holyoke must be approved by the chair of the Asian Studies Program to count as a 300-level course.