Fall 2014: UMass Amherst Courses


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

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Amilcar Shabazz


ART HISTORY 348: Islamic Art & Architecutre II (Asian Studies)

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


ART HISTORY 354: Art of Buddhism (Asian Studies)

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


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

  • Time: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • 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 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Yi Feng


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

  • Time: TuTh 11:15AM - 12:30PM
  • Instructor: Yi Feng


CHINESE 285: Lang Suite Convrsatn (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 394WI: Women in Chinese Cultures (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • 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: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: David Schneider


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

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


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

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Lisa Saunders


ECONOMICS 322: International Trade (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 9:05AM - 9:55AM
  • Instructor: Gonzalo Hernandez Jimenez


EDUCATION 115: Embracing Diversity (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: Sabrina Durand


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

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Maurianne Adams


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

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


EDUCATION 377: Introduction to Multicultural Education (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Mo 12:20PM - 2:50PM
  • Instructor: Laura Valdiviezo


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

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Ximena Zuniga


EDUCATION 392D: Social Issues Workshop: Racism (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Ximena Zuniga


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: Carly Houston


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

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Randall Knoper


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 114: China, Origins to 1600 (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Sigrid Schmalzer


HISTORY 130: Middle East History I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Anne Broadbridge


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: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • 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: TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Mary Wilson


HISTORY 345: China in the 19th Century (Asian Studies)

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


HISTORY 397GGH: Gandhi - Myth, Perspective, and Politics (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Priyanka Srivastava


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: Doris Bargen


JAPANESE 197C: Intro to Japanese Religions (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • 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 297B: Japanese Popular Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: 4:00PM - 5:15PM


JAPANESE 326: Intensive Intermediate Japanese I (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 391S: Women Writers of Japan (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 397D: Medieval Japanese Literature in Translation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Tu 4:00PM - 6:45PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Miller


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

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Bruce Baird


JAPANESE 497B: Contemporary Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: TBA


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

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


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

  • Time: We 6:30PM - 9:30PM
  • Instructor: Barbara Stanley


PSYCHOLOGY 391SS: Prejudice & Intergroup Relations (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Linda Tropp


SOCIOLOGY 240: Sociology of the Asian American Experience (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: C.N. Le
  • Description: This course -- required for the AAAS Certificate, Asian American Studies Concentration -- explores both the similarities and differences in the histories, experiences, and cultures within the Asian American population, using a mix of lecture, readings, class discussions, films & videos, and student-designed projects. We will also examine specific issues including immigration to the U.S., assimilation and ethnic identity, media images and popular culture, demographic trends, ethnic enclaves, anti-Asian discrimination, socioeconomic mobility, gender dynamics, and emerging connections between Asia and Asian Americans.


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


WOMEN, GENDER, SEXUALITY STUDIES 592AA: Asian American Feminisms (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Th 2:30PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Miliann Kang
  • Eligibility: Advanced undergraduates allowed to enroll with instructor's permission
  • Description: How have the figures of the Chinese bachelor, the geisha, the war bride, the hermaphrodite, the orphan, the tiger mother, the Asian nerd, the rice king and queen, and the trafficked woman shaped understandings of Asian Americans, and how have these representations been critiqued by Asian American feminist scholars and writers? Is there a body of work that constitutes “Asian American feminism(s)” and what are its distinctive contributions to the fields of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and Ethnic Studies? How does this body of work illuminate historical and contemporary configurations of gender, sexuality, race, class, nation, citizenship, migration, empire, war, neoliberalism and globalization? In exploring these questions, this course examines Asian American histories, bodies, identities, diasporic communities, representations, and politics through multi- and interdisciplinary approaches, including social science research, literature, popular representations, film, poetry and art. The course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates (contact the professor if you have any questions about eligibility). It fulfills honors requirements for undergraduates (as it will involve in-depth readings, presentations and independent research) but is also open to non-honors students who are willing to work hard. It also fulfills the critical race feminisms or transnational feminisms requirement for graduate feminist certificate students and undergraduate majors and minors.


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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