|A Hands-on Education|
|Hampshire co-sponsors, with Smith College, the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program. Through this unique program, students have the opportunity to study Buddhist philosophy, and Tibetan cultures and history.|
Hampshire students engage with Asian Studies through a variety of lenses: social history; political and cultural theory; and modern public culture; as well as literature, economics, anthropology, law, dance, music, and fine art.
Asian Studies at Hampshire encompasses a large geographical area, considering South Asia, Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia, and Asian American experiences.
Using interdisciplinary courses and resources across the College, students have examined topics including the development of socio-political identities, processes of assimilation, the construction and performance of Asian musical instruments, and histories of Asian communities.
|Student Project Titles|
|Sample First-Year Course|
Asian Religious Texts and Traditions
The aim of this course is to introduce students to several of the oldest religious traditions of South and East Asia through a study of selected canonical texts. Part of our concern will naturally be to determine what these ancient records reveal to us about how people of these cultures understand, or once understood, such perennial human issues as the meaning of death, the nature of suffering, the value of human life, belief in God or the gods, and the possibility of liberation or life after death. But we will also consider such crucial historical and literary questions as, When were these texts produced and under what religious or cultural circumstances? Were these “texts” written and read, or chanted, performed, and heard? How were they produced or revealed, and by whom? Who had access to these traditions and in what form? What roles have these texts played in religious ritual, liturgy, storytelling, or popular culture?
|Sample Courses at Hampshire|
|Facilities and Resources|
Center for East Asian Studies
They work to improve the quality, quantity, and distribution of resources for teaching about East Asia at the college and precollege levels and to offer opportunities for pre-college educators to experience East Asian cultures firsthand. The center maintains a resource library, publishes a newsletter three times a year, and conducts seminars, institutes, conferences, and workshops for college and pre-college educators.
Five College Certificate Programs
East Asian Languages Program (EALP)
Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program
Hampshire College China Exchange Program
Through the same connection, two scholars, including a Chinese language teacher trained in teaching Chinese as a second language, reside on the Hampshire campus every year. In addition to teaching Chinese, they pursue their own research and education, auditing classes and utilizing our libraries.
During January Term, several undergraduate students from the Chinese university come to take courses and help tutor Hampshire students who are studying Chinese.