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Asian Studies > Major

Major in Asian Studies - 37 credits

When declaring the major, students submit a brief personal statement of intent.

Required courses.........................................16 credits

Each major is required to complete at least two years of language study in either Chinese or Japanese.  Students with a high degree of language proficiency in these or other Asian languages may take 16 credits in other Asian Studies courses.

Content courses on Asia...............................21 credits

Each major is required to complete, by advisement, at least 9-12 credits in the Social Sciences (SOC)* category and 9-12 credits in the Humanities/Arts (ARTS)* category.  Among these 21 credits, students are required to take:  (1) at least 3 credits in an area of Asia beyond China or Japan, and (b) at least 3 credits in "Asian Studies Perspectives" courses, which include:

ARH344   History of Buddhist Art (3)
HIS216    Modern China (4)
JPN320    Asian Americans (3)
POL365   International Politics of the Asia-Pacific (3)

* A current list of SOC and ARTS courses is available here.

When applying to graduate, students submit a short exit essay reflecting upon their intellectual development, along with one or more examples of their best written work.  Up to 16 transferred credits from study abroad may be applied to the major.

Majors or minors in Asian Studies must receive no less than a C- in any course that is used to satisfy the major.