History and Asian Studies, BA

History and Asian studies offers an interdisciplinary combined major. Students interested in the combined major in history and Asian studies integrate the exploration of human history with the rigorous study of Asian cultures, societies, languages, and economies. 

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.

BA Language Requirements

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

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

History Requirements

History Colloquium
HIST 1000History at Northeastern1
HIST 1200Historical Research and Writing1
HIST 1201First-Year Seminar4
Introductory Level
Choose one course from the 1000 level except HIST 1215, which is required by Asian studies.4
History Seminar and Historical Writing
HIST 2301The History Seminar4
HIST 2302Historical Writing1
Pre-1800 History Elective
Choose one course from the following: 4
Africa and the World in Early Times
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Japanese Literature and Culture
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Introduction to Russian Civilization
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Advanced History
Complete one history course 3000 level or above4

History Cluster

In conjunction with your history advisor, define a history cluster by the first semester of your junior year of study. A cluster comprises four history courses with no more than two courses in the 1200–1299 range. These courses may double-count in the requirements above (except History Colloquium).

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
Global Population and Development
Politics of Developing Nations
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 Immersion 1
Select one of the following:
Elementary Chinese 2
Elementary Chinese Immersion 2
Select one of the following:
Intermediate Chinese 1
Intermediate Chinese Immersion 1
Select one of the following:
Intermediate Chinese 2
Intermediate Chinese Immersion 2
Japanese
Elementary Japanese 1
Elementary Japanese 2
Intermediate Japanese 1
Intermediate Japanese Immersion 1
Intermediate Japanese 2
Intermediate Japanese Immersion 2
Asian Studies Electives
Complete three courses from the following focus areas. 12
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
Global Population and Development
Politics of Developing Nations
Language, Literature, and Culture Focus Area
Architecture and Global Cultures, 1400 to Present
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

Capstone

Complete one of the following:4
Capstone Seminar
Asian Studies Capstone Directed Study
Asian Studies Capstone Seminar

Integrative Requirement

Note: Public history concentrators satisfy this requirement within the concentration with Fieldwork in History 1 (HIST 4903) and (HIST 4904).

HIST 2351Modern Japan4
or ASNS 2245 The Asian-American Experience

History and Asian Studies Major Credit Requirement

Complete 82 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirements

128 total semester hours required