The following Asian Studies courses are listed at the University of North Texas. Please be aware that courses are added and deleted on a rolling basis, and that many departments offer courses on an occasional or experimental basis, and that those courses may not have formal listings or course descriptions. For up-to-date information on course offerings and scheduling for any given semester, please contact the relevant school or department.
Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
Chinese 1020 Elementary Chinese. This course is the second semester of an introduction to both the Chinese language and to the world cultures and societies where Chinese is spoken (Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc.). This course is the second of a two-course elementary Chinese language and culture sequence at the University of North Texas. By the end of this semester, your vocabulary will be expanded (200 new words and phrases), the grammar, syntax, sentence patterns, new phrases and expressions will be given through the texts, you will continue to develop the ability to communicate in real-life situations in Chinese, and through the cultural classes, you will have a deeper understanding towards the diverse aspects of societies and cultures in Chinese-speaking areas.
Chinese 2040 Intermediate Chinese. This course is the first semester of a two-semester intermediate-level review of Chinese. This course, oriented toward students who have completed Chinese 1010/1020 at UNT (or the equivalent), is designed to reinforce the material learned in previous Chinese courses. By the end of this semester, your vocabulary and grammar knowledge should be expanded (approx. 160 new characters & phrases), the reading and writing skills will be reinforced, the communication skill in real-life situation will also be developed, in addition to this linguistic skills, you should have a deeper understanding of the diverse aspects of societies and cultures in Chinese-speaking areas of the world.
JAPN 1010 Elementary Japanese. Grammar and phonetics; reading, composition and oral-aural practice. Satisfies the Communication requirement of the University Core Curriculum. (note: this course does not count toward fulfillment of the requirements for the minor, but is a prerequisite for 2040, which does count toward the minor.)
JAPN 2040 Intermediate Japanese. Grammar, composition, oral-aural practice and readings. Prerequisite(s): foreign language course 1020 in same language, or equivalent.
Department of History
HIST 4550 Imperial China. Chinese politics, ideas, economics and society from the Xia dynasty (ca. 2205 BCE) through the High Qing (late 18th century CE); political philosophy, the imperial state, Buddhism, women's roles, and political and economic relations with non-Chinese peoples and states.
HIST 4560 Modern China. Chinese politics, ideas, economics and society from the High Qing (late 18th century) through 1989; European idealism, the decline and fall of the Qing dynasty, Republicans and Communists, women, modernization and the question of democracy.
College of Music, Division of Theory, History, and Ethnomusicology
MUET 3030 Music Cultures of the World (when addressing an Asian music culture) Survey of music cultures of Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. Music traditions are studied from a perspective that emphasizes music as an integral part of society and culture. Satisfies the Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum. Open to students in any major.
Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies
PHIL 3585 South Asian Philosophy and Religion. Study of South Asian philosophical and religious thought from earliest times to the present: the Indus Valley civilization, Vedic religion, the development of Jainism, Buddhism and devotional Hinduism, the philosophical schools, medieval Indian thought, Sikhism, and modern Indian philosophy. Prerequisite(s): upper-division standing or consent of department.
PHIL 3595 East Asian Philosophy and Religion. Philosophical study of East Asia from earliest times to the present, including ancient Chinese religion; Taoist, Confucian, Mohist and Legalist philosophies; Chinese Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism; the influence of Shinto, Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism upon medieval Japan; and Japanese philosophy since the Meiji Restoration. Prerequisite(s): upper-division standing or consent of department.
Department of Political Science
PSCI 3700 Area Politics (When addressing Asian politics) Political institutions, processes, problems and policies in distinctive geographic or cultural areas of the world. Frequently offered areas include Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Anglo-American democracies, and the Commonwealth of Nations. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
School of Visual Arts
ART 4320 Asian Art (Offered sporadically--please contact the School of Visual Arts for scheduling information) A survey of the art of India, China, and Japan from prehistoric to modern times, including architecture, sculpture, painting, ceramics and printmaking. Prerequisite(s): ART 2350 and 2360, or consent of instructor.
ART 4824 Topics in Asian Art. 3 hours. Selected topics in the arts of Asia. Prerequisite(s): ART 1200, 2350 and 2360, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.