Fall 2017 Courses


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

  • Time: MoWe 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Traci 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 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Christine Ho


ASIAN STUDIES 135: Buddhism East and West (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Reiko Sono
  • Description: Buddhism has existed for more than 2,500 years and has undergone significant historical transformations in various parts of the world. In order to gain understanding of it, one needs not only to study its teachings, but also to examine its historical background and developments. At the same time, one should strive to see, from the perspective of its followers, how it has helped people. In this course, we will first examine the basic teachings of early Buddhism and then follow the trajectories of Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhism in Japan and Tibet respectively. In the third and final unit of the course, we will try to understand how Buddhism adapted itself to American society and came to have the images it has now with the focus on Japanese and Tibetan Buddhism.


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

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM, 11:15AM - 12:05PM, or 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


ASIAN STUDIES 297B: Intermediate Korean (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: Hyongrae Kim


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

  • Please note that because Prof. C.N. Le will be on leave for the Fall 2017 semester, this course will be offered in the Spring 2018 semester when he returns.


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 10:00AM - 11:15AM or 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • 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 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Elena 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 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: David Schneider


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

  • Time: Several days and times available
  • Instructor: TBA


ECONOMICS 322: International Trade (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Hendrik Van Den Berg


ECONOMICS 371: Comparative Economic Systems (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: TBA


ECONOMICS 397EM: Economics of Immigration (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Hendrik Van Den Berg


EDUCATION 229: International Education (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM
  • Instructor: Cristine Smith


EDUCATION 396E: International Education (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: TBA


ENGLISH 117: Ethnic American Literature (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Mary Griffis


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

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • 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.


FIVE COLLEGE CENTER WORLD LANGUAGES (Asian Studies)


HISTORY 114: China: Origins to 1600 (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Fr 9:05AM - 9:55AM
  • Instructor: TBA


HISTORY 130: Middle East History I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Anne Broadbridge


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

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Richard Chu


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

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 1:50PM
  • 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 345: China in the 19th Century (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Platt


HISTORY 394EI: Human Rights & Energy in Eurasia (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Audrey Altstadt


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: Mako Koyama


JAPANESE 135: Japanese Art and Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


JAPANESE 197K: Post-War Japanese Fiction (Asian Studies)

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


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

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


JAPANESE 235: Performing Arts of Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Bruce Baird


JAPANESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Yuro Takahashi


JAPANESE 297G: Extensive Japanese Reading I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Sharon Domier and Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 326: Intensive Intermediate Japanese I (Asian Studies)

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


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

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Bruce Baird


JAPANESE 497B: Contemporary Japanese I (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 497G: Extensive Japanese Reading II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Sharon Domier and Yuki Yoshimura


LEGAL STUDIES 293R: Race, Citizenship, and the American Constitution (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Audrey Altstadt
  • Instructor: Rebecca Hamlin


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

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Jamie Rowen


MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 290C: Environmental History of the Middle East (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Malissa Taylor


POLITICAL SCIENCE 252: Globalization, Governance, and World Order (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Peter Haas


POLITICAL SCIENCE 391PC: Immigration: Politics and Policy (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Scott Blinder


SOCIOLOGY 245: Race & Society (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: TBA


SOCIOLOGY 271: The Global City (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Jonathan Wynn


SOCIOLOGY 330: Asian Americans and Inequalities (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Moon-Kie Jung


SOCIOLOGY 461: Seminar on Race and Racism (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Moon-Kie Jung


WOMEN, GENDER, SEXUALITY STUDIES 394H: Critical Race Feminisms (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Alexandria Deschamps


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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