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Region: Asian History

Sample Course Path

Asian history is a particular strength of the UO History Department, with a substantial breadth and depth of course offerings. For anyone who has dreamed of walking along the Great Wall of China or visiting the Taj Majal, this path lets students follow in the footsteps of those who conceived of and built these monuments, and to examine other areas of the world that have contextual or comparative links with Asian history.

Please note that the courses listed below are only suggestions. Students’ individual selections may vary due to course availability and personal interest. See advisors for questions about specific courses or requirements.

Lower Division Courses
16 credits/4 courses
HIST 186 Cultures of India
HIST 190 East Asian Civilizations
HIST 191 China: Past and Present
HIST 290 Historian’s Craft required of all majors
300-Level Upper Division Courses
12 credits/3 courses
HIST 325 Precolonial Africa Africa/Middle East field; pre-1800 history
HIST 363 American Business History US field
HIST 387 Early China Asia field; pre-1800 history
400-Level Upper Division Courses
21 credits/5 courses
HIST 407 Cities of South Asia required research seminar; Asia field
HIST 419 Topic: Colonial South Africa Africa/Middle East field
HIST 449 Race and Ethnicity in the US West US field
HIST 490 Topic: Shogun’s Japan Asia field
HIST 498 Medieval Japan Asia field; pre-1800 history
Language Requirement
2 years of a second language or demonstrated proficiency
JPN 101, 102, 103 First Year Japanese
JPN 201, 202, 203 Second Year Japanese

Why It Works

This path concentrates on Asia while also fulfilling the 49 required credits for the major.

These upper division courses provide at least 8 credits for the pre-1800 history requirement and 8 credits each in three fields of study (AsiaAfrica/Middle East, and US).

HIST 407 research seminar is required of all majors and also counts toward the overall minimum for upper division credits. Note that the topic in this example (Cities of South Asia) could also count toward the Asia field requirement, if needed.

Japanese merely a suggestion; there are many language options available at UO to fulfill the second language requirement.