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.
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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
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
To declare the minor, please click here.
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
- 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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