Lecture on India this Wednesday, plus more
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Asian Studies Opportunities 

April 4, 2016

We celebrate the achievements of Alabama students as a part of Honors Week this week, with a lecture and awards reception on Wednesday. More and more opportunities are available at Alabama to study cultures, languages, and histories identified with Asia, including an ever-expanding list of courses addressing Asia. If you have questions about the Asian Studies minor and what you can do with the minor, or other announcements, contact the Director of Asian Studies at

Honors Week Lecture and Awards
Join us this Wednesday (April 6) at 3:00 as we celebrate achievements over the past year, including awarding the Asian Studies Outstanding Student and Research Awards. The event includes a lecture and awards reception in Ferguson 3111. Dr. Jo Weaver in Anthropology will discuss her research with urban women in India, focusing on the social aspects the management of diabetes. We will also present the 2016 Asian Studies Outstanding Student Award and Research Award as we celebrate the fabulous work and accomplishments of Asian Studies minors and students interested in Asia here at the Capstone. 

Fulbright Opportunities in Asia 

If you are interested in the Fulbright US Student Program and its opportunities for going to Asia next year, now is the time to get started. Dr. Beverly Hawk works with students and alumni to prepare applications with great success, making Alabama one of the top producers of Fulbrights. If you are interested in applying, contact Dr. Hawk at The next round of applications are due in the Fall 2016, but it is good to get started early identifying what you want to propose. Applications (and Dr. Hawk's assistance) are not restricted to current UA students; alumni are also welcome to apply through UA's office.


Fall Semester Courses
We have added more courses to the list of courses for Fall 2016 that address topics in Asia. CRL 201 looks at the Arabian Nights literature, and REL 373 focuses on people of Japanese heritage in Japan and Brazil and their construction of nationalism and religious identification. Other courses include various languages of Asia (including Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese, among others), classic narratives (in translation), questions of post colonialism and literature, Chinese history, Islam, and Asian religions in the US. A number of courses also count towards core requirements for History, Humanities, and Writing. For the full list, consult the Asian Studies website.  

Why study Asia?

The study of Asia is about more than the most populous continent, filled with densely populated cities, fast-growing economies, and significant potential diplomatic and military conflicts. These factors make the study of Asia relevant to many careers in business, government, and education. However, extensive study of a range of cultures, histories, and languages has other benefits, helping us develop the tools that we need to analyze the world around us, whether or not it directly engages those cultures. Studying another culture highlights the assumptions and taken-for-granted aspects of the societies in which we have lived, which enhances our abilities to analyze information and develop creative solutions for whatever problems that we choose to address, in a career, in our own society, or in our individual experiences.  

Minor requirements

  • 18 hours total
  • 2 general courses on Asia (ARH 254, HY 113 (formerly 243), HY 114 (formerly 244), REL 220)
  • 2 Upper level courses on Asia
  • 2 elective courses on Asia
  • 2 semesters of Asian language (not counted in 18 hours unless over 300 level) 
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