Asian Studies Major / Minor Requirements

Declaration in or after Fall 2019

Last update: August 2019

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
Asian Studies / History 2501 Introduction to East Asia: China 3
Asian Studies / History 2502 Introduction to East Asia: Japan 3

Asian Literature Requirement

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3
ASST / JPNS 2111 Japanese Literature: From Classical to Contemporary  
ASST / CHI 2112 Chinese Literature: From Classical to Contemporary  

Asian Religions Requirement

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3
ASST 2102 / REL 2102 Introduction to Buddhism  
JPNS 2201 / REL 2201 Chinese Religions  
ASST 3301 / REL 3301 Japanese Religions  

Asian Language Requirement (early start recommended)

All students will take four semesters of an Asian Language (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean)1. Students must complete appropriate pre-requisites or placement assessment.

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3-4
CHI / JPNS / KRN    
CHI / JPNS / KRN    
CHI / JPNS / KRN    
CHI / JPNS / KRN    
  1. The language requirement may be satisfied by coursework (not proficiency) in an Asian language. Heritage speakers will satisfy the four-course requirement by taking advanced courses in their language or by taking a different Asian language.
  • Students may not combine the major in Asian Studies with any of the following curricula:
    • minor in Japanese
    • minor in Chinese (offered only at the Main Campus)
  • Students may not double-major with Global Studies Global Cultures track (offered only at the Main Campus). Students may double-major in Asian Studies and either the Economic Development or the Security tracks in the Global Studies major (both of which are offered only at the Main Campus).

Required Writing Intensive Courses

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3
ASST 2196 Writing in the City  
ASST 4096 Seminar in Asian Studies  

Asian Studies Electives

  • One course in Asian Studies 1000 level or higher
  • Three courses in Asian Studies 2000 – 4999
  Course Title Credits
Asian Studies 1000-4999   3
Asian Studies 2000-4999   3
Asian Studies 2000-4999   3
Asian Studies 2000-4999   3

Minor Requirements

Foundation Courses

  Course Title Credits
Asian Studies / History 2501 Introduction to East Asia: China 3
Asian Studies / History 2502 Introduction to East Asia: Japan 3

Asian Literature Requirement

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3
ASST 2111    
JPNS 2111    
ASST 2112    
CHI 2112    

Asian Religions Requirement

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3
ASST 2102 / REL 2102 Introduction to Buddhism  
JPNS 2201 / REL 2201 Chinese Religions  
ASST 3301 / REL 3301 Japanese Religions  

Asian Language Requirement (early start recommended)

All students will take four semesters of an Asian Language (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean)1. Students must complete appropriate pre-requisites or placement assessment.

  Course Title Credits
Select one of the following: 3-4
CHI / JPNS / KRN    
CHI / JPNS / KRN    
  1. The language requirement may be satisfied by coursework (not proficiency) in an Asian language. Heritage speakers will satisfy the four-course requirement by taking advanced courses in their language or by taking a different Asian language.
  • Students may not combine the major in Asian Studies with any of the following curricula:
    • minor in Japanese
    • minor in Chinese (offered only at the Main Campus)
  • Students may not double-major with Global Studies Global Cultures track (offered only at the Main Campus). Students may double-major in Asian Studies and either the Economic Development or the Security tracks in the Global Studies major (both of which are offered only at the Main Campus).

Asian Studies Electives

  • One course in Asian Studies 1000 level or higher
  • Three courses in Asian Studies 2000 – 4999
  Course Title Credits
Asian Studies 1000-4999   3
Asian Studies 2000-4999   3
Minors are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.