Asian Studies

About

The program in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Akron offers interdisciplinary certificates in Asian Studies (including East, South East, or South) or Middle Eastern Studies for undergraduates as well as graduate students. Strategic languages of East Asia or the Middle East are required, and a wide range of courses in fields including History, Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, Geography, Sociology, and Business are offered.

Policy

Scope and Purpose:

A library collection in support of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies needs to cover the following subject areas: anthropology, archaeology, business, cultural studies, economics, geography, history, Language study, literature, political science and sociology. Materials should be acquired at levels that range from basic to research because they form part of both the undergraduate and graduate collection. The collection is supplemented by materials that support the program's interdisciplinary elective courses offered by various departments in the university.

Curriculum:

The program in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Akron offers interdisciplinary certificates in Asian Studies (including East, South East, or South) or Middle Eastern Studies for undergraduates as well as graduate students. Strategic Languages of East Asia or the Middle East are required, and a wide range of courses in fields including History, Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, Geography, Sociology, and Business are offered.

Geographical Coverage:

The coverage for Middle Eastern Studies includes countries of the Middle East, North Africa and some parts of Central Asia, including Iran and the former Ottoman lands. The coverage for Asian Studies includes countries of East, South East and South Asia.

Language:

The collections for both Middle Eastern Studies and Asian Studies are primarily in the English Language. Materials at the basic level are collected to support the study and learning of strategic Languages required by the program οΎ– primarily Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.

Period Coverage:

The primary time period of the collection covers the 18th to 21st centuries, with a secondary focus on the 7th to 18th centuries.

Publication Types:

Publication Types collected are: general works, scholarly works, professional studies, textbooks, collections, handbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. Both monographs and periodicals are included in the collection.

Formats:

The largest portion of the collection is in printed Formats, monographs, handbooks, and periodicals; DVDs, videocassettes and CDs make up the remainder of the collection. Electronic access to web-based materials is essential.

Remote Sources:

The library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) which is available for faculty and student research. The library is a member of OhioLINK - a statewide library and information network linking universities, colleges, technical and community colleges and the State Library of Ohio. The central catalog maintains location and availability information for the more than 30 million items held in OhioLINK participating libraries.

Exclusions:

Foreign Language materials and textbooks are generally excluded, with the exception of basic level resources in the strategic Languages that are required by the program.

Policy Written: 05-2007