Courses of Study 2014-2015 
    Nov 21, 2018  
Courses of Study 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Asian Studies|


Asia—Religion Courses:

Asia—Society and Culture Courses:

Asia—Graduate Seminars:

For complete descriptions of courses numbered 6000 or above, see


See “Khmer.”


Note: Testing for placement, including those with near-native abilities, takes place in registration week, before classes begin. Time and place will be posted at and on the bulletin board outside 350 Rockefeller Hall.

Chinese IMPAC (Intensive Mandarin Program At Cornell):

For full information, brochures, etc., see the IMPAC Program director in 387 Rockefeller Hall or e-mail: or

Formerly part of Cornell’s FALCON Program, IMPAC is designed to help students develop “copability” in Mandarin Chinese by bringing them to the level where they can make progress on their own even with no further instruction. This summer language program provides over 200 hours of language exposure—which exceeds even the exposure that students living in China typically receive. This allows students to develop levels of fluency, accuracy, and control that are not achieved in other academic settings. For more information and application forms, please visit the IMPAC web-page at Three small interactive classes per day are conducted entirely in Chinese, and one lecture is conducted in both Chinese and English. Additional class time each day is devoted to reading and writing practice. Students are also required to spend at least two one-hour sessions per day in the language lab. Up to three hours of additional preparation time in the language lab or at home is necessary in the evenings. The demands of this 8-credit program do not normally permit students to take other courses simultaneously.

Students must formally apply to the program. To guarantee course availability and scholarship eligibility, applications must be received by March 1. After that, applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis and acceptance is contingent on the availability of spaces. Applications are available in 387 Rockefeller Hall.

Korean Literature:


Cornell Nepal Study Program:

Cornell and the central campus of Tribhuvan National University (in Kirtipur, Kathmandu) cosponsor a semester or year in Nepal at the Cornell Nepal Study Program for both undergraduate and graduate students. North American students live and study with Nepali students at the Cornell program houses near the university, taking courses taught in English by faculty from Tribhuvan University. After an intensive orientation, semester courses include intensive spoken and written Nepali language, Contemporary Issues in Nepal, and Research Design and Methods in a wide variety of fields in the social and natural sciences and the humanities. (Language instruction in Tibetan and Newari may also be arranged.) There is a 10-day study tour and field trip during the semester, and students execute their research proposal during four weeks of guided field research, writing up their findings for presentation at the end of the semester.

Juniors, seniors, and graduate students from any field may apply. Students should have a desire to participate in a program featuring relatively intense cultural immersion and to undertake rigorous field research. Instruction is in English, but prior study of Nepali language is strongly recommended for Cornell students. Those interested in the program should consult Cornell Abroad (

Intensive Nepali:

Nepali, the official language of Nepal, will be offered in the Summer Session at both beginning and continuing levels. Taught by faculty from Cornell University and the Cornell–Nepal Study Program at Tribhuvan University, this summer program provides an unusual opportunity to develop competence in Nepali. Emphasis will be on the spoken colloquial language, in dialogues, exercises, and conversational practice. In addition, special attention is given to assisting students in developing vocabularies and skills appropriate to their unique professional needs. Reading and writing practice use both popular and scholarly materials in the Nepali (Devanagari) script. Students will spend five hours per day in class and two further hours working with recorded materials in addition to the time required for daily preparation. Films and guest lecturers complement the summer program. The program lasts six weeks and meets five days a week. Students must formally apply to the program. Applications are available at during the spring semester. For more information, please see Kim Scott in 350 Rockefeller Hall or e-mail:

Sanskrit Literature:

Related Courses:

Courses in other colleges will count as College of Arts and Sciences credit only for Asian Studies majors. Courses from other departments and/or colleges generally count toward the Asian Studies major (even though not cross-listed), as long as the course content is 50 percent or more focused on Asia. Such courses typically fall under the heading of Society and Culture (SC) and must be approved by the major advisor and director of undergraduate studies.