The Bachelor of Arts in Global Asian Studies offers undergraduates a broad liberal arts education in the histories, cultures, societies, politics, economies, and languages of Asia, Asian America, and the global Asian diaspora. Global 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. The core coursework provides foundational knowledge in the history, politics, and societies of East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Asian diaspora; the place of Asia and Asians within a globalizing world; and skills in research and analysis. Majors are also required to develop 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.
For a listing of the most current major requirements visit the Registrar’s website. Please note that a key feature of our program is flexibility. If you are interested in incorporating a class that might not be explicitly listed, do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask so we might evaluate.
East Asian Studies (ASNS 1150): This introductory course focuses on East Asia as a region and focuses on the transformations that have occurred there in the past two thousand years. This course currently takes place every semester, and is cross-listed with History.
The Origins of Today (HIST 1215): This introductory course emphasizes large-scale patterns, long-term changes, and interconnections of world history. It is included in the major to emphasize Asia’s place within the world.
One course on Asia in Global Context. See list of applicable courses at the course catalog.
Six electives, including three courses chosen from one of the following focus areas. See list of applicable courses at the course catalog which include but are not limited to the following subjects:
Society and Politics
Language, Literature and Cultures
Credits from Dialogue of Civilizations programs in Asia will be honored as electives. If you are interested in substituting a course outside of this list, please do not hesitate to reach out to your advisor for the possibilities.
Complete coursework in an Asian language through at least intermediate-level two.
Completing this requirement satisfies the language requirement for the BA degree. Students may test out of this requirement at the discretion of the director of global Asian studies. Those credits must be fulfilled through the electives listed under the global Asian studies electives.
Courses taken abroad may be given different numbers but will still count towards the requirement.
This can be credit bearing — a traditional semester abroad, Dialogue of Civilizations or an experiential education project — or an international co-op or internship, or other advisor approved activity.
Finally, in order to bring together this academic experience, students of junior or senior standing are required to complete an upper level capstone course from the following list:
Asian Studies Capstone Directed Study (ASNS 4900)
Issues in Modern and Contemporary Asia (ASNS 4910)
Asian Studies Capstone Seminar (ASNS 4920)
Capstone courses are not offered every semester due to the low number of majors, so if it is needed for a student, it must be requested. Please reach out to email@example.com if you are interested in requesting a capstone.