University of Montana 1999-2000 Catalog
Asian Studies

Dennis O'Donnell, Chair

The Asian Studies Program offers undergraduates at The University of Montana-Missoula an opportunity to study Asian cultures and languages in depth. Although the program encompasses the geographic areas of Southeast, South, Central and West Asia, the focus is on East Asia, with particular emphasis on China and Japan.

The Asian Studies Program is affiliated with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana-Missoula and is administered by the Asian Studies Committee, an interdisciplinary group of faculty with teaching and research interests in Asia. The committee works closely with the College of Arts and Sciences, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center and the Office of International Programs at The University of Montana-Missoula. The program draws faculty from the professional schools in addition to those from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Mansfield Center.

Students may choose from two programs. The first is a major in Liberal Studies with an option in Asian Studies . The second program is a minor in Asian Studies to be combined with a major in another discipline (for the option, see the Liberal Studies section of this catalog. Requirements for the minor follow.)

Students admitted to either the option or the minor program must register with the Asian studies chair, who will review the requirements and the course of study and where appropriate suggest another advisor. Students are encouraged to plan their course sequence at least one year in advance in consultation with the chair of Asian Studies.

Asian Studies Courses

Courses approved for the Asian studies option and minor are listed under two designations Asian Studies and other disciplines. These courses are offered on a regular basis. In addition, new and/or experimental courses are offered each year in other departments under the 195, 395, and 495 designations.

Asian Studies

100H Introduction to Asian Studies

109 Central Asia

395 Special Topics

495 Problems in Asian Studies

Asian studies courses in other disciplines (for full descriptions of these courses, refer to the individual departments):


330H Peoples and Cultures of theWorld: Ethnology of Island Southeast Asia

340H Introduction to Far Eastern Culture


101 Elementary Chinese

102 Elementary Chinese

201 Intermediate Chinese

202 Intermediate Chinese

301 Advanced Chinese

302 Advanced Chinese

386L Traditional Chinese Literature in English Translation


336 U.S.-Asian Economic Relations

Foreign Languages and Literatures

280H Chinese Culture and Civilization

281H East-West Cultural Relations

380L Chinese Folktales

382L Twentieth Century Chinese Fiction


242S South Asia/Land and People

267S East Asia

269S Middle East

365S Japan

366S China


180H East Asian Civilization

283H Islamic Civilization

284H Islamic Civilization

380H Modern China

381H Modern Japan


101 Elementary Japanese

102 Elementary Japanese

195 Special Topics

200 Introduction to Japanese Culture

201 Intermediate Japanese

202 Intermediate Japanese

301 Advanced Japanese

302 Advanced Japanese

306 Japanese for Business and Tourism

311L Classical Japanese Literature

312L Japanese Literature from Medieval to Modern Times

386 Hstory of the Japanese Language

395 Special Topics

398 Cooperative Education Experience

411 Modern Japanese Writers and Thinkers

412 Introduction to Classical Japanese

500 Directed Readings

Liberal Studies

161H introduction to Asian Humanities

Mansfield Center

195 Special Topics

395 Special Topics

494 Mansfield Center Seminar


255H Introduction to the Philosophical Traditions of India and China

375 Oriental Thought

Political Science

328H Politics of China

329H Politics of Japan

Religious Studies

100 Introduction to the Study of Religion

232H Buddhism

330H Religions of China

331H Religions of Japan


240S Japanese Society

242S South Asia/Land and People

244S Southeast Asia: Cross-Cultural Survey

Requirements for a Minor

The following are the requirements for the minor:

1. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester credits in approved Asian studies courses.

2. Completion of 9 of the 18 semester credits at the 300-level or above; completion of 6 of the 18 semester credits in the social sciences and 6 in the humanities.


U=for undergraduate credit only, UG=for undergraduate or graduate credit, G=for graduate credit. R after the credit indicates the course may be repeated for credit to the maximum indicated after the R.

U 100H Introduction to Asian Studies 3 cr. An introduction to Asian ways of thinking and realities today. Presented in historical context, with focus on China and Japan. Basic concepts include political and social organization, cultural themes as expressed in literature and art, and Asian interactions with the United States.

U 109 Central Asia: From Cyrus to Gorbachev 3 cr. Offered autumn. Same as GEOG, HIST, LS 109.Introduction to Central Asia's history, culture and ways of thinking. Focus on the political and social organization of Central Asia and cultural changes as expressed in art and interactions with China, India and the Middle East.

U 295 Special Topics Variable cr. (R--6) Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

U 395 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-12) Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

UG 495 Problems in Asian Studies Variable cr. (R-6) Seminar designed for students with an option in Asian Studies. Regional or temporal focus may vary, depending on the discipline and expertise of the instructor.



C. Leroy Anderson, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1962 (Sociology)

William W. Bevis, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1969 (English)

Juliette T. Crump, M.A., George Washington University, 1975 (Drama/Dance)

Richard Dailey, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1968 (Management)

Evan Denney, Ph.D., University of Washington, 1970 (Geography)

Ron Dulaney, Ph.D., Columbia University, 1973 (Economics)

Maureen Fleming, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 1969 (Management)

Louis D. Hayes, Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1966 (Political Science)

Darshan Kang, Ph.D., University of Nebraska, 1975 (Geography)

Dennis O'Donnell, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1974 (Economics) Chair)

Judith Rabinovitch, Ph.D, Harvard University, 1981 (Foreign Languages and Literatures)

Fred Reed, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1972 (Sociology)

Alan Sponberg, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1979 (Liberal Studies)

John Spores, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1976 (Social Work)

James Todd, M.F.A., The University of Montana, 1970 (Art)

Martin Weinstein, Ph.D., Columbia University, 1969 (Political Science)

Philip West, Ph.D., Harvard University, 191 (Mansfield Center)

Associate Professors

Timothy Bradstock, Ph.D., Harvard University, 1984 (Foreign Languages and Literatures)

Mehrdad Kia, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1986 (History)

Assistant Professors

Jill Belsky, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1991 (Sociology)

Jim Burfeind, Ph.D., Portland State University, 1984 (Sociology)

Sachiko Matsunaga, Ph.D., University of Hawaii, 1994 (Foreign Languages and Literatures)

Steven Siebert, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1990 (Forestry)

Adjunct Professor

Richard Gotshalk, Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1957 (Philosophy)

University of Montana 1998 -1999 Catalog
The University of Montana - Missoula
1999-2000 Catalog | All Catalogs On-Line