Fall 2015: UMass Amherst Courses


AFRO-AMERICAN STUDIES 236: History of the Civil Rights Movement (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Tracy Parker


ART HISTORY 347: Islamic Art & Architecutre I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Walter Denny


ART HISTORY 354: Art of Buddhism (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Christine Ho


ASIAN STUDIES 197B: Beginning Korean I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM or 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


ASIAN STUDIES 297B: Intermediate Korean (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


ASIAN STUDIES 397B: Bridging Asia & Asian America Colloquium (Required Certificate Course)

  • Time & Location: Wed. 6pm-8pm, Lewis Hall 124
  • Instructor: C.N. Le
  • Description: This is one of the two required courses that all Certificate students must eventually take. Meeting in Lewis Hall (the location of the Asian & Asian American defined residential community), this two-credit, once-a-week seminar combines class discussions, guest speakers, film screenings, and small-group activities to focus on the political, economic, and cultural connections between Asia and Asian America. There are NO textbooks and NO exams -- instead, course requirements include class participation and discussion, a group project, and a final project. Click here to download the course syllabus.


CHINESE 120: Non-Intensive Elementary Chinese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM, MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM, or MoWeFr 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Yi Feng


CHINESE 126: Intensive Elementary Chinese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Yi Feng


CHINESE 127: Intensive Elementrary Chinese I: Reading and Writing (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Yi Feng


CHINESE 140: Chinese Script I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Zhongwei Shen


CHINESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Ping Geng


CHINESE 326: Intensive Intermediate Chinese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM or TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Yu Liu


CHINESE 375: Intro to Chinese Linguistics (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Zhongwei Shen


CHINESE 394WI: Women in Chinese Cultures (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Suet-Ying Chiu


CHINESE 426: Advanced Modern Chinese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Yu Liu


CHINESE 450: Elementary Classical Chinese (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: David Schneider


COMMUNICATION 393C: Issues in World Cinema (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Tu 2:30PM - 4:30PM
  • Instructor: Annie Ciecko


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 141: Good & Evil: East-West (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Moira Inghilleri


EDUCATION 115: Embracing Diversity (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Tu 11:30AM - 2:00PM
  • Instructor: Benita Barnes


EDUCATION 210: Social Diversity in Education (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Tu 10:00AM - 11:15AM or 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Antonio Martinez


EDUCATION 229: International Education (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Th 4:00PM - 6:45PM
  • Instructor: Sangeeta Kamat


EDUCATION 258: Educating for Social Justice & Diversity Through Peer Theater (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Tu 4:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Adam Ortiz, David Neely, Maurianne Adams, Michael Dodge


EDUCATION 396E: International Education (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Jacqueline Mosselson


ENGLISH 117: Ethnic American Literature (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Sean Gordon


ENGLISH 204: Introduction to Asian American Literature (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Caroline Yang
  • Description: This course will introduce students to literature and film by, for, and about Asian Americans. Students will learn a reading and viewing practice that consists of contextualizing the texts in their historical production as well as close analysis and critical thinking. Through reading, writing, discussions, and a final group video project, students will explore how Asian American literature shapes the construction of heterogeneous, diasporic, and transnational subjectivities that challenge the very notion of "Asian American" as a uniform identity and object of knowledge.


ENGLISH 494RI: Race and Contemporary Arts (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Th 4:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Tanya Fernando


FIVE COLLEGE CENTER WORLD LANGUAGES (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Mazzocco
  • Description: The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages offers courses in several Asian languages, including Indonesian, Urdu, Hindi, Thai, Arabic, Malay, and Vietnamese. Please see their website for more details.


HISTORY 116: History of Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Garrett Washington


HISTORY 247: Empire, Race, and the Philippines (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Richard Chu


HISTORY 250: Introduction to South Asian History and Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: Priyanka Srivastava
  • Description: This lecture and discussion-based course is designed to introduce students to the history of South Asia from the earliest periods of recorded history to the present. In addition to tracing major political events, this course will explore special topics such as the institution of caste, the emergence of various religious traditions, the development of early-centralized empires, and the expansion of Mughal power in the subcontinent. We will then investigate the expansion and working of the British colonial state and the transformations affected in administrative, political, economic, and cultural spheres due to colonialism. Simultaneously, we will examine themes and issues that informed the anti-colonial Indian nationalist movement and the communal, caste, and gender dimensions of politics. We will then discuss the attainment of freedom from colonial rule in 1947, the partition of the subcontinent and the development of the independent nation states of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.


HISTORY 269: The American War in Vietnam (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 9:05AM - 9:55AM
  • Instructor: Christian Appy


HISTORY 343H: Modern Middle East (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Mary Wilson


HISTORY 491J: History of Modern China (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Th 2:30PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Sigrid Schmalzer


JAPANESE 120: Non-Intensive Elementary Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM or 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 126: Intensive Elementary Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Yasuko Shiomi


JAPANESE 135: Japanese Art and Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Bruce Baird


JAPANESE 144: Japanese Modern Literature (Asian Studies)

  • Time : MoWe 1:25AM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


JAPANESE 197G: Buddhist Cultures in the World (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Reiko Sono


JAPANESE 197M: Study Abroad in Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Fr 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


JAPANESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Yuro Takahashi


JAPANESE 326: Intensive Intermediate Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Mako Koyama


JAPANESE 391T: Tokyo Through Literature & Film (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Amanda Seaman


JAPANESE 497A: Readings in Modern Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Amanda Seaman


JAPANESE 497B: Contemporary Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Reiko Sono


LABOR STUDIES 204: Labor and the Global Economy (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Th 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Alejandro Reuss


LEGAL STUDIES 375: Human Rights & Wrongs (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Jamie Rowen


POLITICAL SCIENCE 392MA: Modern Arab Political Thought (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Yasmeen Daifallah


SOCIOLOGY 293M: Introduction to Human Rights (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Christin Glodek


SOCIOLOGY 340: Race Relations (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: TBA


THEATER 130: Contemporary Playwrights of Color (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Priscilla Page



Courses at other Five College Campuses

Please search the Five College Course Catalog for possible courses taught at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, and/or Smith College related to Asia or Asian Americans and then contact Prof. C.N. Le at to confirm that it counts toward the UMass Amherst Asian/Asian American Studies Certificate.


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