Fall 2007/Spring 2008 Course Catalog

The information below is taken from the printed catalog the college produces each year. For more up to date information, including links to course websites, faculty homepages, reserve readings, and more, use the 'courses' or semester specific link to your left.15. Introduction to Buddhist Traditions.

History of Amherst College and Japan

By Ray Moore In the 1870s, when Amherst College first encountered Japan, the Japanese were seeking knowledge from the West and Americans were trying to convert the world to Christianity. A key figure in the early contacts was Julius H. Seelye, professor and president (1876-1890), ordained minister in the Dutch Reform Church and a member of the American Board of Foreign Missions. In 1871 he welcomed to Amherst members of Japan’s Iwakura diplomatic mission, who were seeking a system of education to support the building a modern nation.

The Doshisha Prize

The Doshisha Asian Studies prize from the income of a gift from Amherst House, Doshisha University, is awarded for the best undergraduate honors thesis pertaining to Asia. Recommendations are made by the Asian Languages and Civilizations Faculty for work that exemplifies an understanding of Asian culture in a liberal arts context.

Resources & Language Tables

Language Tables

  • Chinese language tables will meet Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 12:00-1:00 in the small conference rooms below Valentine Dining Hall. All are welcome to attend.
  • Arabic language tables will meet Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 in the 2nd floor of the Valentine Dining Hall. The Arabic table is for second-year Arabic students, and anyone who can speak at this level.