Asian Studies is part of the International & Area Studies program and is designed for students who want to focus their studies on the culture and society of the following subregions: Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia.

 

Programs Offered:

Asian Studies Major

East Asian Studies Minor

South Asian Studies Minor

Southeast Asian Studies Minor

 

Asian Studies majors (not minors) are required to achieve intermediate level of any modern foreign language related to the area (e.g., Chinese 6 or 6A, Filipino 6, Hindi-Urdu 6, Indonesian 6, Japanese 6, Korean 6, Thai 6, Vietnamese 6).  


For Asian Studies Major requirements click here

 

The Asian Studies major consists of 6 preparation courses, the language requirement, and 12 Upper Division classes. Students in the major have options to study abroad, participate in research, and complete internships associated with their major. Some students choose to double-major with other programs on campus, and several choose to add a minor.

 

Quick Facts:

- Required to take International & Area Studies 1 (offered Fall Quarter or Summer), MUST receive a "C" or better

- Language requirement (for details click here) 

- Required to take International & Area Studies 191 (Senior Seminar)

- Study Abroad courses may apply towards major credit, consult with one of our counselors

Departmental Honors program is open to eligible students during their last year

 

How to Declare the Major:

Students can declare the major after completing the 6 preparation courses with a 2.0 GPA and one year of language.* For more information click here.


*Completion of the elementary year of the foreign language is acceptable when applying for the major. Completion of the intermediate year of the foreign language is required to fulfill all preparation requirements, but can be done after being accepted to the major. The minimum prep GPA of 2.00 will still need to be met with the inclusion of this course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East Asian Studies Minor

 

 

 

The East Asian Studies Minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major with concerted study of the history, culture, and society of East Asia -which includes China, Korea, and Japan- from an interdisciplinary and modern perspective. 

 

 

For East Asian Studies Minor requirements click here

 

Quick Facts:

- To enter the minor, students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better and have completed 45 units. 

- No more than 10 units (2 courses, lower or upper division) may be applied towards both the student's major and this minor.

- All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade

 

To declare the minor, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Asian Studies Minor

 

Gateway of India          Bangladesh

Left: Gateway of India, Right: Bangladesh

The South Asian Studies Minor, which is part of the International & Area Studies IDP, is designed for students who wish to augment their major with concerted study of the history, culture, and society of South Asia -which includes Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and the Maldives - from an interdisciplinary and modern perspective.

 

For South Asian Minor requirements click here

 

Quick Facts:

- To enter the minor, students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better and have completed 45 units. 

- No more than 10 units (2 courses, lower or upper division) may be applied towards both the student's major and this minor.

- All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade

 

To declare the minor, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southeast Asian Studies Minor

 

            

 

The Southeast Asian Studies Minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major with concerted study of the history, culture, and society of Southeast Asia -which includes Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, and East Timor- from an interdisciplinary and modern perspective. 

 

For Southeast Asian Minor requirements click here

 

- To enter the minor, students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better and have completed 45 units. 

- No more than 10 units (2 courses, lower or upper division) may be applied towards both the student's major and this minor.

- All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better.

 

To Declare the Minor, please click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ACADEMIC COUNSELING

New advising services due to COVID-19, learn how to reach us remotely!

 

NEW! Virtual Academic Counseling Hours:

Monday-Friday

UNDERGRADS: 11am-12pm and 2-3pm (LINK)

GRAD STUDENTS (current, admitted, prospective): 10am-11am and 3pm-4pm (LINK)

Please note, our physical office spaces are closed until further notice.


Graduate Students

Magda Yamamoto

Academic Counselor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

Virtual Advising Hours for Graduate Students:
Monday-Friday, 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm
Click on this LINK to connect with us via Zoom during the posted hours above!

Tel: 310-206-6571
Grad Students Email: idpgrads@international.ucla.edu


Undergraduates

Katie Osterkamp

 Academic Counselor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10254 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

Virtual Advising Hours for Undergraduates:
Monday-Friday, 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm
Click on this LINK to schedule an appointment!

Tel: 310-206-6571
Undergraduate Email: undergrads@international.ucla.edu