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Guided Pathways: Asian History


Asia is the size of North and South America combined with nearly six times the population of Europe. It accounts for over one-third of the entire world's Gross Domestic Product. The study of Asian history extends from India to Japan and Indonesia to Mongolia, from the early Indus River and Yangzi River civilizations 5,000 years ago to the very present global economy. Connections between Asia and Utah and the intermountain West run deep in modern history from the railroads and mines to current businesses in cosmetics, sportswear and pharmaceuticals. The range of courses related to Asia complement those in World Languages and Literature, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Art History, International Studies, Film Studies, Social Work, Architecture, Environmental Studies, and even Medicine and the Physical Sciences. The study of Asia’s past is highly relevant to current concerns in the US, and in recent years, students of Asian history have gone on to careers in computer graphics and animation, game design, finance, international law, foreign liaison service, military intelligence, microbiology, sustainability consulting, and museum work, as well as post-graduate studies at elite institutions.

(HIST 1210) Asian History to 1500
(HIST 1220) Asian History since 1500
(HIST 3500) Pre-Modern China
(HST 3510) Modern China
(HIST 3520) Pre-Modern Japan
(HIST 3530) Modern Japan
(HIST 3540) The Japanese Empire
(HIST 3545) Ancient India
(HIST 3555) Medieval India
(HIST 3560) Modern India
(HIST 3580) Premodern Southeast Asia
(HIST 3590) Modern Southeast Asia
(HIST 3650) Histories of the Pacific Islands
(HIST 4070) History of Science in Asia
(HIST 4230) Global Islam
(HIST 4510) Asia in the World
(HIST 4765) The Vietnam War
(HIST 4800) Topics in Asian History
(HIST 4855) Environmental History of India
(HIST 4860) Environmental History of China
(HIST 4865) Gender, Race, and Empire in Asia


Last Updated: 9/24/21