The courses included in PCC's Asian Studies Focus Award foster a rich understanding and appreciation of the cultures of Asia. A minimum of sixteen credits from the courses listed below entitles students to receive an Asian Studies Focus Award, which will show prospective employers and transfer colleges a foundational focus on Asia. These studies encourage broader reflections about the nature of culture and how it shapes everything from world views to daily life. Above all, the focus award enables students to develop a multidimensional perspective on Asia with its many cultures and to enhance their own life experience as well.
Asian Studies Focus Award Requirements
To receive the Asian Studies Focus Award, a student will complete at least 16 credits from the following choices, which must:
- Include no more than two courses from one discipline (e.g. Art, Japanese, Literature)
- Cover more than one geographic area of Asia
- Include no more than one general course, in which the student should focus on Asian topics. (ATH 103; BA 203; COMM 140; GEO 212; MUS 108; PS 204; PS 205; R 210; WS 201).
Although only two courses from one discipline may apply toward the award, we encourage and wholeheartedly support taking two full years of an Asian language.
Courses may be selected from the following:
|ATH 103 1||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology||4|
|ART 207||History of Asian Art (India)||4|
|ART 208||History of Asian Art (China)||4|
|ART 209||History of Asian Art (Japan)||4|
|BA 203 1||Introduction to International Business||3|
|All language and culture credit courses may apply to the focus award. They vary from 3-5 credits.|
|COMM 140 1||Introduction to Intercultural Communication||4|
|GEO 212 1||Geography of Global Issues||4|
|HST 105||History of India and South Asia Region||4|
|HST 106||History of China||4|
|HST 107||History of Korea and Japan||4|
|All language and culture credit courses may apply to the focus award. They vary from 1-6 credits|
|ENG 207||World Literature - Asian (India)||4|
|ENG 208||World Literature - Asian (China)||4|
|ENG 209||World Literature - Asian (Japan)||4|
|MUS 108 1||Music Cultures of the World||3|
|PHL 210||Introduction to Asian Philosophy||4|
|Any PE course with an Asian focus, such as Aikido, Judo, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, and Yoga may apply to the focus award.|
|PS 204 1||Comparative Political Systems||4|
|PS 205 1||Global Politics: Conflict & Cooperation||4|
|PS 241||Modern India and Its Neighbors||4|
|PS 242||Modern China and Its Neighbors||4|
|R 201||Asian Religions||4|
|R 210 1||World Religions||4|
|WS 201 1||Intercultural Women's Studies||4|
Students may include no more than one course from these options in the focus award.
As part of the process of pursuing the Asian Studies Focus Award, students are encouraged to work with an Asian Studies committee member as a mentor. For more information, please visit our website at: pcc.edu/programs/asian-studies/
The Asian Studies Focus Award satisfies Portland State University's International Studies requirement, INT 216a, Introduction to Asian Studies, with some restrictions. PCC is a Regional Center of the East-West Center’s Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP): www.eastwestcenter.org/ASDP. In addition, PCC is affiliated with the Oregon East Asia Network: oean.uoregon.edu.