Academics

Requirements

The Major

1) Requirements for the East Asia track of the Asian Studies Major consist of four core courses, a language requirement, and five electives.

Four Core courses:

  • Hist/Asian 115L Survey of Contemporary Asia 
    or Hist/Asian 161L East Asian Civilization Since 1850
  • Phil 297 Asian Philosophy
  • One 300-level course related to South Asia
  • Mdnlng/Asian 488L, The Idea of Asia (the Capstone course)

Language requirement:

  • Intermediate Mandarin-Chinese or Japanese 201 and 202. Students with no knowledge of these languages will need to take Chinese or Japanese 101 and 102 as prerequisites for placing into the intermediate 200-level language courses. Students placing out of Chinese or Japanese 202 will substitute two other courses related to East Asia, 200-level or above (See List of Courses).  Students placing out of Chinese or Japanese 201 but not 202 will substitute one other course related to East Asia, 200-level or above. (Students wanting to count Vietnamese or Korean as fulfillment of the language requirement should consult the Director of Asian Studies).

Five Electives:

  • Electives must be related to East Asia
  • Three of which must be 300-level or above (See List of Courses).

Seven of the eleven required courses for the Major must be taken in residence.

No courses taken Pass/Fail count toward this Major.

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to enroll in the Major, and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 across all courses counting toward the Major.

2) Requirements for the South Asia track of the Asian Studies Major consist of four core courses and seven electives.

Four Core courses:

  • Hist/Asian 115L Survey of Contemporary Asia 
    or Hist/Asian 161L East Asian Civilization Since 1850
  • Phil 297 Asian Philosophy
  • One 300-level course related to East Asia
  • Mdnlng/Asian 488L, The Idea of Asia (the Capstone course)

Seven Electives:

  • Electives must be related to South Asia
  • Two must be at the 200-level or higher
  • Three must be at the 300-level or higher
  • Seven of the eleven required courses for the Major must be taken in residence.

No courses taken Pass/Fail count toward this Major.

Seven of the eleven required courses for the Major must be taken in residence.

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to enroll in the Major, and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 across all courses counting toward the Major.