Asian Studies (Major / Minor)

Declaration in or before Summer 2009

Asian Studies Department (College of Liberal Arts)

More than ever, Asia has become a focal point of global interest as its importance in world affairs has increased. The complexity and dynamism of the region offer a stimulating challenge for students. Asian studies is a major that allows students to draw on ideas and information from other academic disciplines. Typically, students will take courses in art history, critical languages, economics, film and media arts, geography and urban studies, history, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology. Most courses in Asian studies are cross-listed with courses in a specific discipline (e.g., Asian Studies 3252 is the same as Political Science 3252, East Asia and the United States).

Asian Studies Major Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Arts in College of Liberal Arts may be conferred upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 123 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 overall, in college and the major. A minimum of 123 credit hours will be earned in the following four requirement categories.

Majors in Asian studies must complete ten courses (30 semester hours). Of the ten courses, two (six semester hours) must be selected from five foundation courses:

  • Asian Studies 1801 (formerly C084), Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context
  • Asian Studies 2074 (formerly C086), Geography of East and South Asia
  • Asian Studies 2501 (formerly 0115), Introduction to East Asia: China
  • Asian Studies 2502 (formerly 0116), Introduction to East Asia: Japan
  • History 1501 (formerly C060), Third World History (if taken at TUJ)
  • Equivalents of the above courses, incorporating the study of South or Southeast Asia and approved by the Asian studies major adviser.

Of the remaining eight courses (24 semester hours), students must take courses in at least three disciplines or departments (e.g., economics, history, and religion). And one of those courses must be the capstone writing course Asian Studies 4096 (formerly W300), Seminar in Asian Studies. Students majoring in Asian studies also must complete the fourth semester of Asian language study.

East Asian language courses at 3000 level or higher (3000+) will count as major elective.

Students majoring in both Asian Studies and Japanese Language are allowed to use a maximum of three of 3000+ language courses as major elective except Asian Studies 4096 (formerly W300). The rest of four courses must be Asian Studies courses taken apart from Japanese Language Major requirements.

Asian Studies Minor Requirements

Students must complete six Asian studies courses (18 credit hours).

Two courses must be selected from among:

  • History 2501 (formerly 0115), Introduction to East Asia: China
  • History 2502 (formerly 0116), Introduction to East Asia: Japan
  • Geography and Urban Studies 2074 (formerly C086), East and South Asia
  • Critical Languages 1801 (formerly C084), Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context

Of the remaining four courses, students must take courses in at least three disciplines or departments. Students must also complete a second semester of Asian language study.