Asian Studies, BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies offers undergraduates a broad liberal arts education in the histories, politics, cultures, and societies of Asia. Asian studies majors complete at least two years of an Asian language in addition to pursuing a rigorous course of study covering a number of disciplines and national traditions. The core course work provides foundational knowledge in the history, politics, and societies of East Asian nations, Asian place within a globalizing world, and skills in research and analysis. Majors are also required to develop a expertise in one of the following focus areas: history; society and politics; language, literature, and culture; or religious studies. Finally, students are required to complete academic study or a professional experience abroad.  

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

Asian Studies Requirements

Required Courses
ASNS 1150East Asian Studies4
HIST 1215Origins of Today: Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues4
Asia in Global Context
Complete one of the following:4
History of the Global Economy
Postcolonial Literature
Introduction to World History
Global Population and Development
Politics of Developing Nations
Urban and Regional Policy in Developing Countries
Seminar in Urban Sociology
Capstone
Complete one of the following:4
Asian Studies Capstone Directed Study
Issues in Modern and Contemporary Asia
Asian Studies Capstone Seminar
International Experience
Complete a professional or academic experience abroad in consultation with your advisor.

Language and Elective Requirements

Language Courses
Complete the following courses in either Chinese or Japanese:16
Chinese
Select one of the following:
Elementary Chinese 1
Elementary Chinese 1—BSIB
Elementary Chinese Immersion 1
Select one of the following:
Elementary Chinese 2
Elementary Chinese 2—BSIB
Elementary Chinese Immersion 2
Select one of the following:
Intermediate Chinese 1
Intermediate Chinese 1—BSIB
Intermediate Chinese Immersion 1
Select one of the following:
Intermediate Chinese 2
Intermediate Chinese 2—BSIB
Intermediate Chinese Immersion 2
Japanese
Elementary Japanese 1
Elementary Japanese Immersion 1
Elementary Japanese 2
Elementary Japanese Immersion 2
Intermediate Japanese 1
Intermediate Japanese Immersion 1
Intermediate Japanese 2
Intermediate Japanese Immersion 2
Asian Studies Electives
Complete six courses from the following focus areas. Choose at least three courses from one focus area:24
History Focus Area
Introduction to South Asian History
World War II in the Pacific
Japanese Literature and Culture
Mao’s China and After
Modern Chinese History and Culture
American Images of China
Law, Justice, and Society in Modern China
Modern Japan
Dictators and Democracy in Japan and Korea
Global Chinese Migration
Topics in Asian History
Society and Politics Focus Area
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
Culture and Politics in Modern India
The Asian-American Experience
Competing to Win in Emerging Markets
Marketing in Asia
Ethics: East and West
Government and Politics in Japan
China: Governance and Foreign Policy
Global Population and Development
Politics of Developing Nations
Urban and Regional Policy in Developing Countries
Seminar in Urban Sociology
Language, Literature, and Culture Focus Area
Architecture and Global Cultures, 1400 to Present
Chinese Architecture 1: Premodern
Chinese Architecture 2: Modern
Japanese Film
Introduction to Japanese Pop Culture
Postcolonial Literature
Music of Asia
Ethics: East and West
Religious Studies Focus Area
Image and Icon in South Asia
Jainism
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Indian Religions
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Asian Religions in the United States
Religion and Politics in South Asia

Asian Studies Major Credit Requirement

Complete 56 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirements

128 total semester hours required