Early planning is encouraged, to optimize advising, course selection, and opportunities for coordinating study of Asia with another major or minor field of study and/or Study Abroad. Prospective applicants to the college with interests in Asian Studies are invited to contact the Asian Studies Program, and are welcome to visit Asian Studies classes on campus for a day. Currently enrolled students who are considering a Major in Asian Studies should meet with an Asian Studies faculty member as early as possible (ideally in the student's first or second year at SUNY New Paltz), to discuss interests and priorities, and to determine a proposed plan of study.
To Declare the Major, students submit:
1. Personal Statement of Intent, to establish the student's Asian Studies
2. Major plan with any completed courses filled in, and any proposed courses pencilled in -- to be discussed in consultation with the faculty advisor, and maintained in the student's Asian Studies Folder to track progress toward graduation
3. Current College Progress Report
4. Completed Declaration of Major form (available from the Records and Registration website or office), signed by the faculty advisor.
When all items are ready, Asian Studies office forwards the relevant paperwork to the Records and Registration office in HAB 19, and the major appears on the student's Progress Report.