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Undergraduate Catalog

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.1

1Students 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 (minimum)
Each major is required to complete, by advisement, at least 9-12 credits in the Social Sciences (SOC)2 category and 9-12 credits in the Humanities/Arts (HUM/ART)2 category.  Among these 21 credits, students are required to take:

(a) at least 3 credits in an area of Asia beyond China or Japan, and
(b) ASN200 Introduction to Asia (4 credits) or 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)

2A current list of SOC and HUM/ART courses is available asian_studies_course_grid_rev_12-17-14.

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 program requirements.