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Asian Studies Program (ASIA)

David Efurd, Coordinator

Program Description

The Program in Asian Studies provides students the opportunity to explore cultures and traditions in Asia, especially the regions of East, South, Southeast, and Himalayan Asia. The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum builds upon strengths in various fields of study to offer diverse avenues of inquiry and investigative methods relevant to Asia. Specifically, students in the Asian Studies Program are encouraged to pursue interests across several disciplines, such as Sociology and Anthropology, Religion, Philosophy, Modern Languages, Government, History, and Art History.

Program Requirements

The program in Asian Studies is not a major. Students pursuing the program in Asian Studies cannot also minor in Chinese Studies. Otherwise, courses applied toward requirements for Asian Studies also may be counted for other programs, majors, or minors. Successful completion of the program will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Asian Language study is not required in the Asian Studies program. However, students may apply two courses, a maximum of 10 credit hours, for coursework in an Asian language to fulfill program requirements.

Students have the option of completing two tracks, either the cultures (non-language) track or the language and cultures track.

For the cultures track, students take two (2) courses each in groups “A,” “B,” and “C,” for a total of six (6) courses to satisfy requirements in the program.

For the language and cultures track, students may apply two (2) Chinese language courses to count towards fulfilling requirements. In addition, students take one (1) course in group “A,” and three (3) courses from groups “B” and “C” (in any combination as long as both categories are represented). These six (6) courses satisfy requirements in the program. If only one Chinese language course is applied towards fulfillment of the language and cultures track, students should take one (1) course from group “A,” two (2) courses from group “B,” and two (2) courses from group “C.”

Subject to the approval of the Asian Studies Coordinator, coursework relevant to Asian Studies taken at an approved Study Abroad program in South, Southeast, East, or Himalayan Asia may be substituted for coursework taken at Wofford College. Additionally as part of the language and cultures track and with the approval of the Coordinator, students may substitute coursework in an Asian language other than Chinese taken with an approved Study Abroad program. 


Courses are divided into groups to ensure students take a breadth of courses engaging different regions, traditions, and methods of inquiry. Students are encouraged to take 200-level courses in the Asian Studies program before undertaking advanced study.

Group “A”: Interdisciplinary Coursework in Chinese Culture
ARTH 322 Art of China
CHIN 304 Chinese Culture Through Film
CHIN 306 Intercultural Communication between East and West
CHIN 307 Modern China: 1800-present
CHIN 412 Chinese Literature in Translation
GOV 362 China: Politics, Economics, and Foreign Relations
PHIL 333 Chinese Philosophy

Group “B”: Asian and Related Traditions in Art History and History
ARTH 220 Survey of Asian Art History
ARTH 225 Islamic Art
ARTH 321 Art of South Asia
ARTH 323 Art of Japan
ARTH 415 Empires and Antiquities: Art History and the Acquiring of the “Orient”
HIST 292 Modern East Asia

Group “C”: Asian Traditions in Sociology and Anthropology, Philosophy, and Religion
ANTH 313 Cultures of Southeast Asia & Oceania
PHIL 335 Buddhist Philosophy
REL 221 Introduction to Islam
REL 357 Buddhist Religious Traditions
REL 358 Hindu Religious Traditions

Chinese Language courses
CHIN 101 Beginning Chinese
CHIN 102 Beginning Chinese II
CHIN 201 Low Intermediate Chinese
CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese
CHIN 301 High Intermediate Chinese
CHIN 302 Low Advanced Chinese
CHIN 401 Advanced Chinese I
CHIN 402 Advanced Chinese II 

Faculty Affiliated with the Asian Studies Program Curriculum

Mark Byrnes (History)
Philip Dorroll (Religion)
David Efurd (Art and Art History)
John Farrenkopf (Government)
Cissy Fowler (Sociology and Anthropology)
Jeremy Henkel (Philosophy)
Trina Jones (Religion)
Li Qing Kinnison (Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures [Chinese])
Yongfang Zhang (Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures [Chinese])