Spring 2015: UMass Amherst Courses


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

  • Time & Location: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM, Melville Room 130
  • Instructor: Peter Blackmer


ART HISTORY 197S: Survey of East Asian Art (Asian Studies)

  • Time & Location: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM, Integ. Learning Center S131
  • Instructor: Christine Ho


ART HISTORY 355: Chinese Painting (Asian Studies)

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


ASIAN STUDIES 197C: Beginning Korean II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


ASIAN STUDIES 297C: Intermediate Korean II (Asian Studies)

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


ASIAN STUDIES 491A: Senior Seminar (Required Certificate Course)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: C.N. Le
  • Description: This is one of the two required courses that all Certificate students must eventually take. In this course, students will consult with the Program Director to design and conduct a semester-long "capstone" project that integrates the material and knowledge from all Certificate courses they've taken, along with their own academic interests and personal lived experiences. Meeting times will be arranged individually with the Program Director. Usually students take this course after they've completed most or all of their other Certificate courses.


ASIAN STUDIES 497C: Korean Language: Literature (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 5:45PM - 7:00PM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


CHINESE 110: Non-Intensive Elementrary Chinese I (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 150: Peoples & Languages of China (Asian Studies)

  • Time & Location: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM, Herter 217
  • Instructor: Zhongwei Shen


CHINESE 197Q: Late Imperial Chinese Literature and Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Suet Ying-Chiu


CHINESE 241: Contemporary Chinese Literature (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Enhua Zhang


CHINESE 246: Intensive Elem Chinese II (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 247: Intro to Elementary Chinese II: Reading & Writing (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Yu Liu


CHINESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Ping Geng


CHINESE 327: Intensive Intermediate Chinese II (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 391G: Junior Year Writing Seminar (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 2:30PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: TBA


CHINESE 394PI: Chinese Popular Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Enhua Zhang


CHINESE 427: Advanced Modern Chinese II (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 433: Business in Chinese (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Zhijun Wang


COMMUNICATION 345: Contemporary World Cinema (Asian Studies)

  • Time & Location: MoWe 4:00PM - 6:00PM, Integ. Learning Center S350
  • Instructor: Anne Ciecko


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

  • Time and Location: TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM, TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM, MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM, TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM, or MoWeFr 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: TBA


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 290T: Translation, Cross-Cultural Communication and the Media (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Shannon Farley


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 336: International Graphic Novel (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: N Couch


ECONOMICS 144H: Political Economy of Racism (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Lisa Saunders


EDUCATION 115: Embracing Diversity (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Tu 11:30AM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: TBA


EDUCATION 202: Social Issues in Intergroup Relations: Exploring Social/Cultural Differences and Common Ground (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Th 4:00PM - 6:30PM and Sat 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Molly Keehn


EDUCATION 229: International Education (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Tu 4:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Bjorn Nordtveit


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

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


EDUCATION 392B: Racism Global Context (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: We 5:30PM - 8:00PM and SaSu 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: TBA


ENGLISH 117: Ethnic American Literature (Asian American Studies)

  • Time & Location: MoWeFr 11:15AM - 12:05PM or MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM, Bartlett 125
  • Instructor: Carly Overfelt or Faune Albert


ENGLISH 205: Introduction to Post-Colonial Studies (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Mazen Naous


ENGLISH 298C: World Cinema (Asian Studies)

  • Time & Location: Mo 6:30PM - 9:00PM, Bartlett 125
  • Instructor: Kirby Farrell


HISTORY 115: China, 1600 to Present (Asian Studies)

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


HISTORY 131: Middle East History II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: TBA


HISTORY 253: Asian-Pacific American History, 1850-Present (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Richard Chu
  • Description: This is an introductory survey course on the history of Asian Pacific Americans (A/P/A) within the broader historical context of imperialism in the Asia-Pacific region. We will compare and contrast the historical experiences of specific groups of the A/P/A community; namely, those of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian (Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Hmong), Asian Indian, and Pacific Islander descent.


HISTORY 391MW: Histories of Slavery in the Muslim World (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Johan Mathew


HISTORY 394TI: Mongol & Turkish Empires (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: Anne Broadbridge


JAPANESE 110: Non-Intensive Elementary Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MWF 10:10AM - 11:00AM, MWF 11:15AM - 12:05PM, or MWF 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: TBA


JAPANESE 143: Literature Classical & Medieval (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Doris Bargen


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

  • Time: MoWe 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Reiko Sono


JAPANESE 197L: Manga/Anime (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Bruce Baird


JAPANESE 235: Performing Arts of Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Bruce Baird


JAPANESE 246: Intensive Elementary Japanese II (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time & Location: TBA, Thatcher House 101
  • Instructor: Yuko Takahashi


JAPANESE 327: Intensive Intermediate Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Mako Koyama


JAPANESE 494SI: Newspapers as Modern Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 5:30PM - 6:45PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


JAPANESE 497C: Readings in Modern Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


JAPANESE 497D: Contemporary Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Mako Koyama


LEGAL STUDIES 391S: Islamophobia, Multiculturalism, and Law (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Tu 5:30PM - 8:00PM
  • Instructor: Christopher Sweetapple


NURSING 312: Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Mo 8:00AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: Barbara Stanley


POLITICAL SCIENCE 391AB: Central Asia and the World (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Regine Spector


PUBLIC POLICY 190A: Water, Oil, and Blood: The Middle East in Global Policy (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: David Mednicoff


SOCIOLOGY 297B: Sociology of Globalization and Inequality (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: C.N. Le
  • Description: This course introduces students to sociological theory, concepts, methods, and results of systematic and critical inquiry into the issue of globalization, with a particular emphasis on its effects on the U.S. Using readings, class discussions, films & videos, and student-designed projects, the course explores themes and issues such as theories of globalization; the global economy; political globalization; globalization and culture; environmental sustainability; local-global linkages; civil society, human rights, and social movements opposed to globalization; globalization and gender/race/ethnicity; international migration; and emerging global inequalities.


SOCIOLOGY 340: Race Relations (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Agustin Lao-Montes


SOCIOLOGY 397N: Asian Americans and Inequalities (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Moon-Kie Jung
  • Description: At least since the 1960s, sociology and the other social sciences have largely sidestepped questions of inequality in relation to Asian Americans, simplistically and indiscriminately positing them as a "model minority." This course examines various forms of social inequality between Asian Americans and other groups as well as among Asian Americans, including those based on race, gender, class, citizenship, and sexuality.


SOCIOLOGY 491R: Race and Racism in the U.S. and Beyond (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

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


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

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


WOMENS STUDIES 395B: Feminism, Buddhist Thought and Contemplative Practices (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Miliann Kang
  • Description: Although we will examine the historical and contemporary contributions of women Buddhist teachers and practitioners, this course is not about "women in Buddhism." Rather, it seeks to explore the following questions: How can feminist theories related to embodiment, anti-essentialism, reflexivity, deconstructing binaries, and challenging injustice converse with Buddhist and other contemplative teachings regarding enlightenment, liberation, compassion, suffering and breaking through illusions and unhealthy habit patterns? What specific pedagogical theories and practices can feminism learn from Buddhist and other contemplative practices, and vice versa? How can higher education bring greater self-awareness into the classroom and foster trust, openness and deep exploration? What are the obstacles and challenges to these pedagogies and how can they be addressed? Who is engaged in this work, and what lessons and resources can we share with each other?



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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