Asian Studies Major / Minor Requirements

Declaration in or after Fall 2009

Last update: August 2016

Major Coordinator

Jeff Kingston (kingston@tuj.temple.edu)

Major Overview

Asian Studies draws on the resources of many departments to provide a comprehensive program of study on Asia (especially East Asia). Majors may concentrate on a geographic area, field, or theme(s). By combining language with the study of politics, history, society, art, religion and philosophy, and literature, each student can construct a major tailored to individual interests.

Temple's campus in Japan provides students an experience in the region while taking their coursework. It is possible for students to arrange internships for credit by making contact with an organization willing to accept them and working with a faculty supervisor. The Office of Career Development offers assistance in identifying internship opportunities.

The curriculum gives students a foundation for living or working in Asia, or continuing their studies through developing a knowledge base, cross-cultural sensitivity, analytical thinking, and communication and writing skills in English and an Asian language. After graduation, students find employment in media, government, financial services, trading companies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions. Some enter graduate programs in law, business, or academic fields, including Asian Studies.

The Asian Studies program will assist students in:

University and College of Liberal Arts Requirements

Students will follow College of Liberal Arts Baccalaureate (B.A.) Degree Requirements.

Major Requirements

Foundation Courses

  Course Title Credits
Select two of the following: 6
Asian Studies 1801 Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context  
Asian Studies / GUS 2074 Geography of East and South Asia  
Asian Studies / History 2501 Introduction to East Asia: China  
Asian Studies / History 2502 Introduction to East Asia: Japan  

6 Elective courses from 3 different subject areas

To be selected by the student together with the Asian Studies advisor. Must include courses from or cross-listed in at least three departments. The student’s program must have a coherent geographical and/or subject matter focus designed with the advice and approval of an Asian Studies advisor. Students can use a language course at the 3000 level or higher to count as an elective.

  Course Title Credits
Asian Studies 0800-4999   3
Asian Studies 0800-4999   3
Asian Studies 0800-4999   3
Asian Studies 0800-4999   3
Asian Studies 0800-4999   3
Asian Studies 0800-4999   3

Courses count toward the major, minor, and certificate whether taken under Asian Studies or departmental numbers.

Writing-Intensive Elective

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3
Asian Studies 2097 Asian Diaspora  
Asian Studies 2098 Japanese Popular Culture and its Literature  
Asian Studies 2696 Introduction to Islam  
Asian Studies 3696 Asian Women in Transition  
Asian Studies 4696 Modern Japan: Empire, War, Society  

Capstone Course

  Course Title Credits
Asian Studies 4096 Seminar in Asian Studies 3

Language (early start recommended)

Students must complete the 4th semester level of Chinese (2002), Japanese (2702/2002), Korean (2002), Hindi (2002), or the equivalent with a grade of C- or above. The language requirement may also be satisfied by examination of oral/aural and reading skills in any Asian language approved by the student's advisor.

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3-4
Chinese 2002 Intermediate II  
Hindi 2002 Intermediate II  
Japanese 2702 / 2002 Intermediate II  
Korean 2002 Intermediate II  
Vietnamese 2002 Intermediate II  

Successful completion of Asian Studies major language requirement satisfies CLA Foreign Language requirement.

Minor Requirements

Foundation Courses

  Course Title Credits
Select two of the following: 6
Asian Studies 1801 Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context  
Asian Studies / GUS 2074 Geography of East and South Asia  
Asian Studies / History 2501 Introduction to East Asia: China  
Asian Studies / History 2502 Introduction to East Asia: Japan  

4 Elective courses from 3 different subject areas

To be selected by the student together with the Asian Studies advisor. Must include courses from or cross-listed in at least three departments. The student’s program must have a coherent geographical and/or subject matter focus designed with the advice and approval of an Asian Studies advisor. Students can use a language course at the 3000 level or higher to count as an elective.

  Course Title Credits
Asian Studies 0800-4999   3
Asian Studies 0800-4999   3
Asian Studies 0800-4999   3
Asian Studies 0800-4999   3

Courses count toward the major, minor, and certificate whether taken under Asian Studies or departmental numbers.

Language

Students must complete the 2nd semester level of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Hindi.

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3-4
Chinese 1002 Elements II  
Hindi 1002 Elements II  
Japanese 1002 Elements II  
Korean 1002 Elements II  
Vietnamese 1002 Elements II  

The language requirement may also be satisfied by examination of oral / aural and reading skills in any Asian language approved by the Asian Studies departmental / faculty advisor.