Spring 2020 Courses


AFRO AMERICAN STUDIES 390M: Race and the American Story (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Fr 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Stephanie Shonekan


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.


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: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Zhongwei Shen


CHINESE 241: Contemporary Chinese Literature (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 246: Intensive Elementary Chinese II (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 327: Intensive Intermediate Chinese II (Asian Studies)

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


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 432: Media Chinese (Asian Studies)

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


COMMUNICATION 345: Contemporary World Cinema (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Anne Ciecko


COMMNICATION 397GM: Global Media Flows (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Seyram Avle


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

  • Time: 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 290M: Migration, Commotion & Community (Asian Studies Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Moira Inghilleri


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 336: International Graphic Novel (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

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


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 350: International Film (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
  • Instructor: Barry Spence


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 391SF: International Science Fiction Cinema (Asian Studies Studies)

  • Time: Tu 7:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Instructor: N Couch


ECONOMICS 335: Economics of Immigration (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Hendrik Van Den Berg


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

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Bjorn Nordtveit


ENGLISH 117: Ethnic American Literature (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: Hazel Gedikli


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

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Caroline H. Yang
  • Description: Introduction to Asian American Literature as an evolving field and to the history, politics, and cultural production of Asian American communities. Themes may include citizenship, borders, space, youth culture, labor, and the body, using texts by and about Asian Americans, including theoretical works, fiction, ethnographic studies, and documentary film.


ENGLISH 491LM: Literature, Music, & the Rules of Engagement: Multi-Ethnic Musical Experiences in the U.S. (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

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


GEOGRAPHY 493M: Migration, Diaspora and Refugees (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 9:05AM - 9:55AM
  • Instructor: Toby Applegate


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

  • Time: MoWe 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Platt


HISTORY 131: Middle East History II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: Kathryn Schwartz


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

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


HISTORY 346: Twentieth-Century China (Asian Studies)

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


HISTORY 347: Traditional Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Garrett Washington


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

  • Time: MoWeFr 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Anne Broadbridge


HISTORY 397LM: History of Shi'i Islam (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM
  • Instructor: Hadi Jorati


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

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


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: Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 144: Japanese Literature - Modern (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


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

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


JAPANESE 197L: Manga/Anime (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 197TK: Tadoku: Extensive Reading in Japanese I (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 246: Intensive Elementary Japanese II (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 297K: Beginning Kanji (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 297TK: Tadoku: Extensive Reading in Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 327: Intensive Intermediate Japanese II (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 391M: Queer Japan in Literature and Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Miller


JAPANESE 397K: Intermediate Kanji (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 397TK: Extensive Reading in Japanese III (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 437: Contemporary Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM/li>
  • Instructor: Yasuko Shiomi


JAPANESE 494RI: Communicating in Japanese (Asian Studies)

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


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

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


JAPANESE 497TK: Extensive Reading in Japanese IV (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


JOURNALISM 310: International Journalism (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Razvan Sibii


KOREAN 125: Beginning Korean II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 11:15AM - 12:05PM/li>
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


KOREAN 245: Intermediate Korean II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 9:05AM - 9:55AM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


LEGAL STUDIES 393LG: Law & Global Migration (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Rebecca Hamlin


LEGAL STUDIES 397LS: Law, Islam, and Secularism (Asian Studies)

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


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

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


MIDEAST 190B: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Middle East (Asian Studies)

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


MIDEAST 361: Sufism: Islamic Mystical Traditions and Legacies (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Malissa Taylor


NURSING 212: Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Heather Hamilton


SOCIOLOGY 244: Sociology of Immigration (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM
  • Instructor: Ide O'Carroll


SOCIOLOGY 245: Race and Society (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Online
  • Instructor: Armanthia Duncan


SOCIOLOGY 262: Sociology of Globalization and Inequality (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • 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 461: Seminar on Race and Racism (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Moon-Kie Jung
  • Description: Though biologically untenable, race continues to structure virtually every aspect of social life, from life expectancies at birth to death penalty executions. Topics to be covered in this course include the historical origins and evolution of race and racism, gender and class dynamics of race, antiracist movements, poverty, higher education, migration, incarceration, and nationalism. Considering and critiquing various theoretical approaches, this course reaches beyond the Black-White binary and, though focusing on the United States, also examines race and racism in other contexts.


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

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Tatiana Godfrey


WOMENS STUDIES 494TI: Unthinking the Transnational (Asian Studies)

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



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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