- Understand the broad foundations of at least one major Asian culture, including its history, culture, and socio-economic-political organization.
- Recognize the utility of different humanistic and social science disciplines in understanding a culture.
- Understand the distinction between theory and data and the links between them. Understand how to draw generalizations from actual social experience.
- Recognize the way language serves as a foundation of culture.
- Understand the issues and requirements of cross-cultural communication.
- Encourage students to take more initiative in educating themselves, to make analytical generalizations, to make ethical choices, and to feel confident in these and other exercises of personal responsibility.
- Establish preliminary personal intercultural relationships and networks that can help expand contacts into various Asian societies.
- Know how to use standard bibliographic tools and the internet to find more information on any specific topic.
- Learn how to identify and contact people with specific information and expertise.
- Understand how a second language is acquired.
- For non-Asian students, establish a foundation in an Asian language so that further development of language skills will be feasible.
- For non-American students, improve their oral and written skills in English to facilitate inter-cultural communication.
- Write analytical essays at a professional level of competence.
- Communicate ideas through oral presentation.
- Utilize computers for word processing, communication, and access to data, including the internet.