New Asian Studies BA Requirements

Below are the requirements for the Asian Studies Major, effective for all students declaring Fall 2012 or later. Students who have declared prior to this date may choose between an earlier version of our requirements and the new ones below. To view this earlier version, click here.

42 credits minimum, 18 of which must be upper division (A&S minimum)

Asian Language: 4 semesters of a single Asian language (12 to 20 credits)

  • Arabic (sequence of three years offered)
  • Chinese (sequence of four years offered)
  • Hindi (sequence of three years offered)
  • Farsi (sequence of three years offered)
  • Japanese (sequence of four years offered)
  • Korean (sequence of three years offered)
  • Sanskrit or Tibetan are also available through Continuing Education

Traditional Asian Civilizations: Students take any 2 of the following introductory courses, focusing on 2 different civilizations (6 credits minimum, LD).

Choose from the following civilizations:

East Asian Civilization

  • CHIN 1012  Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3-4 credits)
  • HIST 1618  Introduction to Chinese History 
  • HIST 1708  Introduction to Japanese History
  • JPNS 1012  Introduction to Japanese Civilization (3-4 credits)
  • KREN 1011  Introduction to Korean Civilization
  • RLST 2620  Religions of East Asia

South Asian Civilization

  • HIND 1011  Introduction to South Asian Civilization
  • HIST 1518  Introduction to South Asian History since 1757
  • RLST 2610  Religions of South Asia

West Asian Civilization

  • ARAB 1011  Introduction to Arab Civilization
  • FRSI 1011  Introduction to Persian Civilization
  • HIST 1308  Introduction to Middle Eastern History

Modern Asian Civilizations: Students take 1 course (3 credits, LD or UD).

Choose from the following disciplines:

ANTH (all modern Asian anthropology courses)

  • ANTH 1100  Exploring a Non-Western Culture: The Tamils
  • ANTH 1105  Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Tibet
  • ANTH 4180  Theory in Cultural Anthropology: Nepal and the Himalayas
  • ANTH 4690  Anthropology of Tibet
  • ANTH 4750  Culture and Society in South Asia
  • ANTH 4760  Ethnography of Southeast Asia and Indonesia

HIST (all modern Asian history courses)

  • HIST 1528  Introduction to South Asian History since 1757
  • HIST 1628  Introduction to Chinese History since 1644
  • HIST 2166  The Vietnam Wars
  • HIST 3628  Seminar in Recent Chinese History
  • HIST 4166  The War in Vietnam and Its Legacy
  • HIST 4328  The Modern Middle East
  • HIST 4368  History and Society of Modern Arabia
  • HIST 4538  History of Modern India
  • HIST 4548  Women in Modern India
  • HIST 4558  Modern Indian Intellectual History
  • HIST 4628  Modern China
  • HIST 4638  Contemporary China
  • HIST 4648  History of Modern Chinese Intellectual Thought
  • HIST 4728  Modern Japanese History
  • HIST 4738  History of Early Modern Japan
  • HIST 4109  WWII in Asia and the Pacific
  • HIST 4329  Islam in the Modern World

PSCI (all modern Asian politics courses)

  • PSCI 3072  Government and Politics of Southeast Asia
  • PSCI 3102  South Asian Politics
  • PSCI 4052  Chinese Politics
  • PSCI 4242  Middle Eastern Politics
  • PSCI 4312  Politics and Language

GEOG (all modern Asian geography courses)

  • GEOG 3822  Geography of China
  • GEOG 4822  Environment and Development in China

RLST (all modern Asian religion courses)

  • RLST 3820  Religion in Modern China
  • RLST 4250  Special Topics: Transnational Buddhism
  • RLST 4650  Islam and the Modern World

+ All modern Asian literature & art courses

  • ARAB 3230  Islamic Culture and the Iberian Peninsula
  • ARAB 3330  The Arabic Novel
  • ARAB 3350  Narrating the City: Literary Mappings of the Urban Landscape
  • CHIN 1061  Boudoirs, Books, Battlefields: Voices and Images of Chinese Women
  • CHIN 2441  Film and the Dynamics of Chinese Culture
  • CHIN 3331  Culture and Literature of Late Imperial China
  • CHIN 3341  Literature and Popular Culture in Modern China
  • CHIN 3342  Literary Culture in Contemporary China
  • CHIN 3371  Topics in Chinese Film
  • FILM 2513  Major Asian Filmmakers
  • FILM 4023  Contemporary Asian Cinema
  • HIND 2441  Screening India: A History of Bollywood Cinema
  • HIND 3651  Living Indian Epics: The Ramayana and the Mahabharata in the Modern Political Imagination
  • HIND 3661  South Asian Diasporas: Imagining Home Abroad
  • HIND 3811  Subversive Indo-Pakistani Literature
  • JPNS 2441  Japanese Culture Through Film and Animation
  • JPNS 3331  Business Japanese
  • JPNS 3831  The Floating World of Play and Passion: Early Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • JPNS 3841  Tradition and Transgression: Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • JPNS 5810  Modern Japanese Literature
  • JPNS 5820  Contemporary Japanese Literature
  • JPNS 5830  Readings in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Thought and Culture
  • KREN 2441  Film and Korean Culture
  • KREN 3841  Modern Korean Literature in Translation

Social Science: Students take 1 course (3 credits, LD or UD).

Choose from the following disciplines:

ANTH (all Asian anthropology courses)

  • ANTH 1100  Exploring a Non-Western Culture: The Tamils
  • ANTH 1105  Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Tibet
  • ANTH 1110  Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Japan
  • ANTH 4180  Theory in Cultural Anthropology: Nepal and the Himalayas
  • ANTH 4690  Anthropology of Tibet
  • ANTH 4750  Culture and Society in South Asia
  • ANTH 4760  Ethnography of Southeast Asia and Indonesia

PSCI (all  Asian politics courses)

  • PSCI 3072  Government and Politics of Southeast Asia
  • PSCI 3102  South Asian Politics
  • PSCI 4052  Chinese Politics
  • PSCI 4022  Chinese Foreign Policy
  • PSCI 4242  Middle Eastern Politics
  • PSCI 4312  Politics and Language

GEOG (all  Asian geography courses)

  • GEOG 3822  Geography of China
  • GEOG 4822  Environment and Development in China
  • GEOG 4832  Geography of Tibet

WMST (all Asian women's studies courses)

  • WMST 3220  Women in Islam

Senior thesis or project: ASIA 4830 (3 credits, UD)

ASIA 4830 requires students to write a thesis / design a project on an academic topic of their own choosing during the last semester of their undergraduate studies (in some cases students may complete the work earlier). It is designed as a capstone course that involves in-depth work in ongoing consultation with a faculty academic advisor. More information on the goals and expectations for ASIA 4830 is available here.

To complete ASIA 4830 students need to: A) identify a faculty advisor who will work with them in an independent study capacity; B) work out the nature of the study project, standards for evaluation, and the time frame for meetings and completion of the work with that faculty advisor; C) make a formal, prepared 10-minute presentation on their completed work to fellow students, faculty, and outside guests at the end of the semester. The formal presentations will be will be followed by 10 minutes of Q & A.

It is up to each student to figure out which faculty member he/she would like to work with on ASIA 4830 and to get that faculty member's formal approval before beginning the work. Professor Timothy Weston, the director of the Asian Studies Program, will help you with that process, which must be completed by the end of the student’s second-to-last semester in college (the research and writing will then take place the following semester, which is typically the student’s final semester of college).  After the student has gotten a faculty member's formal agreement to serve as advisor, he/she is required to complete the Asian Studies 4830 form located here. The student should keep one copy of the completed form, give one copy to the faculty member who will supervise the work, and give one copy to the Asian Studies director (Professor Timothy Weston).

Honors Thesis Option: Students with a 3.5 GPA in Asian Studies and 3.3 GPA overall may apply for the Honors Thesis option. More information is available here.

Funding Opportunities: For information about undergraduate research funding opportunities, please visit the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program website here.

Electives: Students take at least 3 courses (9 credits, UD recommended).
Upper division credits are recommended for the electives, since the major as a whole requires 18 upper division credits.

  • ANTH 1100  Exploring a Non-Western Culture: The Tamils
  • ANTH 1105  Exploring a Non-Western Culture: Tibet
  • ANTH 4690  Anthropology of Tibet
  • ANTH 4750  Culture and Society in South Asia
  • ANTH 4760  Ethnography of Southeast Asia and Indonesia
  • ARAB 3230   Islamic Culture and the Iberian Peninsula
  • ARAB 3330  The Arabic Novel
  • ARAB 3340  Representing Islam
  • ARAB 3350  Narrating the City: Literary Mappings of the Urban Landscape
  • ARAB 4200  Advanced Readings in Arabic
  • ARAB 4250  Arabic Media
  • ARTH 2409  Introduction to Asian Art
  • ARTH 3619  The Arts of China
  • ARTH 3629  The Arts of Japan
  • ASIA 4300  Open Topics: Readings in Asian Literature
  • ASIA 4840  Independent Study
  • ASIA 4930  Engage Asia: Internship in Asian Studies
  • CHIN 1051  Masterpieces of Chinese Literature in Translation
  • CHIN 1061  Boudoirs, Books, Battlefields: Voices and Images of Chinese Women
  • CHIN 2441  Film and the Dynamics of Chinese Culture
  • CHIN 3200  Advanced Writing Topics on Chinese & Japanese Literature and Civilization
  • CHIN 3311  The Dao and the World in Medieval China
  • CHIN 3321  Culture and Literature of Ancient China
  • CHIN 3331  Culture and Literature of Late Imperial China
  • CHIN 3334  Chinese Narrative Tradition
  • CHIN 3341  Literature and Popular Culture in Modern China
  • CHIN 3342  Literary Culture in Contemporary China
  • CHIN 3351  Reality and Dream in Traditional Chinese Fiction
  • CHIN 3361  Women and the Supernatural in Chinese Literature
  • CHIN 3371  Topics in Chinese Film
  • CHIN 4210  Introduction to Classical Chinese
  • CHIN 4220  Readings in Classical Chinese
  • CHIN 4300  Open Topics: Readings in Chinese Literature
  • CHIN 4750  Daoism
  • CHIN 4900  Independent Study
  • EDUC 4800  Global Education Methods: Asia
  • EMUS 1467  Japanese or Gamelan Ensemble
  • EMUS 3467  Japanese or Gamelan Ensemble
  • FILM 2513  Major Asian Filmmakers
  • FILM 4023  Contemporary Asian Cinema
  • GEOG 3822  Geography of China
  • GEOG 4822  Environment and Development in China
  • HIND 1011  Introduction to South Asian Civilizations
  • HIND 2441  Screening India: A History of Bollywood Cinema
  • HIND 3400  Special Topics
  • HIND 3651  Living Indian Epics: The Ramayana and the Mahabharata in the Modern Political Imagination
  • HIND 3661  South Asian Diasporas: Imagining Home Abroad
  • HIND 3811  The Power of the Word: Subversive and Censored 20th Century Indo-Pakistani Literature
  • HIND 3821  The Mahabharata as Literature, Performance, Ideology
  • HIND 3831  The Many Faces of Krishna in South Asia Literature and Culture
  • HIST 1800  Introduction to Global History
  • HIST 1308  Introduction to Middle Eastern History
  • HIST 1518  Introduction to South Asia History to 1757
  • HIST 1528  Introduction to South Asia History since 1751
  • HIST 1618  Introduction to Chinese History to 1644
  • HIST 1628  Introduction to Chinese History since 1644
  • HIST 1708  Introduction to Japanese History
  • HIST 2166  The Vietnam Wars
  • HIST 2629  China in World History
  • HIST 3328  Seminar in Middle Eastern History
  • HIST 3628  Seminar in Recent Chinese History
  • HIST 3718  Seminar in Japanese History
  • HIST 4109  WWII in Asia and the Pacific
  • HIST 4166  The War in Vietnam and Its Legacy
  • HIST 4328  The Modern Middle East, 1600 to the Present
  • HIST 4339  Borderlands of the British Empire
  • HIST 4349  Decolonization of the British Empire
  • HIST 4528  Islam in South and Southeast Asia (1000 to the Present)
  • HIST 4538  History of Modern India
  • HIST 4548  Women in Modern India
  • HIST 4558  Modern Indian Intellectual History
  • HIST 4618  Traditional China
  • HIST 4619  Women in Asian History
  • HIST 4628  Modern China
  • HIST 4638  Contemporary China
  • HIST 4648  History of Modern Chinese Intellectual Thought
  • HIST 4658  China and Islam from the 7th Century to the 20th Century
  • HIST 4718  Ancient, Classical, Medieval Japanese History
  • HIST 4728  Modern Japanese History
  • HIST 4738  History of Early Modern Japan (1590 - 1868)
  • JOUR 4871  Asian Media
  • JPNS 1051  Masterpieces of Japanese Literature in Translation
  • JPNS 2441  Film and Japanese Culture
  • JPNS 3200  Advanced Writing Topics on Chinese & Japanese Literature and Civilization
  • JPNS 3331  Business Japanese
  • JPNS 3441  Language and Japanese Society
  • JPNS 3811  Classical Japanese Literature in Translation
  • JPNS 3821  Medieval Japanese Literature in Translation
  • JPNS 3831  Early Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • JPNS 3841  Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • JPNS 4030  Japanese Syntax
  • JPNS 4070  Second Language Acquisition of Japanese
  • JPNS 4080  Kanji in Japanese Orthography
  • JPNS 4300  Readings in Japanese Literature
  • JPNS 4310  Classical Japanese
  • JPNS 4320  Classical Japanese
  • JPNS 4900  Independent Study
  • KREN 2441  Film and Korean Culture
  • KREN 3841  Modern Korean Literature in English Translation
  • KREN 4900  Independent Study
  • MUEL 2772  World Musics – Asia
  • MUSC 4152  East Asian Music
  • PSCI 3072  Government and Politics in Southeast Asia
  • PSCI 3102  South Asian Politics
  • PSCI 4028  Special Topics: Politics of Southeast Asia
  • PSCI 4022  Chinese Foreign Policy
  • PSCI 4052  Chinese Politics
  • PSCI 4242  Middle Eastern Politics
  • PSCI 4312  Politics and Language
  • RLST 2600  Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • RLST 2610  Religions of South Asia
  • RLST 2620  Religions of East Asia
  • RLST 3200  Hinduism
  • RLST 3300  Foundations of Buddhism
  • RLST 3400  Japanese Religions
  • RLST 3600  Islam
  • RLST 3750  Women in Buddhism
  • RLST 3800  Chinese Religions
  • RLST 3820  Special Topics: Religion in Modern China
  • RLST 4200  Topics in Hinduism
  • RLST 4250  Topics in Buddhism
  • RLST 4650  Islam and the Modern World
  • RLST 4750  Daoism
  • WMST 3220  Women in Islam

and courses (including some study abroad courses) approved by the Asian Studies Faculty Advisor.