Asian Traditions



Director: Kammie Takahashi

The Asian Traditions Minor

Students must choose five courses from at least three different departments and must complete a Senior Capstone course, designed in consultation with the Program Director and other Asian Traditions faculty.

Courses may be chosen from Special Topics listings and from among the regular College offerings listed below. Students are also encouraged to supplement these course offerings with language study, offered on LVAIC campuses and through study abroad opportunities. One semester of Asian language study may be counted toward the minor. See the Program Director for official approval of any course not listed below.



Chinese Courses:

CHN 181          Elementary Chinese l
CHN 182          Elementary Chinese ll


English Course:

ENG 217           Reading India


Film Studies Courses:

FLM 330            New Asian Cinema
FLM 334            Bollywood: Indian Popular Cinema


History Courses:

HST 267/268     Introduction to Traditional Japan
HST 269             Introduction to Traditional China
HST 271/272     Modern China
HST 273/274     Modern Japan
HST 391/392     The Mongol Legacy                                                                                                                                                                            

MILA (Muhlenberg Integrated Learning Abroad Courses)

The States of China
The Pearl River Delta in China
Climate Changes and Sustainable Development in Bangladesh
Ecology and Religion in Japan

Philosophy Courses:

PHL 250            Philosophies of India
PHL 251            Philosophies of China
PHL 351            Daoist Philosophies


Political Science Course:

PSC 232/233     Governments & Politics of East Asia


Religion Department Courses:

REL 203             Religions of India
REL 207             Religions of China
REL 208             Religions of Japan
REL 225             Buddhist Traditions
REL 382             Death and Desire in Tibetan Tantra


Sociology Course:

SOC 325           Imagined Communities: The Sociology of Nations  
                           and States


Asian Traditions Courses:

AST 950            Senior Capstone Project
AST 970            Independent Study in Asian Traditions


Special Topics Courses:

Performance and Politics in Asia
Queering Performance in Asia
Mediating Sex and Gender in East Asia
Women and the Feminine in Buddhism
Jesus meets Krishna: Missionaries in India, Gurus in the West


Program Director

Kammie Takahashi, PhD


Contributing Faculty

Dr. Arnab Banerji, Asian Traditions and Theatre
Dr. Tom Cartelli, Film Studies
Dr. Janine Chi, Sociology
Nancy Collings, Languages, Literature, and Cultures
Dr. Steve Coutinho, Philosophy
Dr. Robert Croskey, History
Dr. Abhishek Ghosh, Religion Studies
Dr. Mohsin Hashim, Political Science
Dr. Christopher Herrick , Political Science
Dr. Paul McEwan, Film Studies
Emily Orzech, Studio Art
Dr. Mark Stein, History
Dr. Ayako Takamori, Anthropology