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B.A. in Asian Studies

B.A. in Asian Studies

American University

American University, Washington D.C., United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors

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Offered by the Asian Studies program, College of Arts and Sciences, the BA in Asian Studies aims to understand Asia in a dynamic global context. It enhances students' understanding of historical and contemporary global culture and politics by enabling students to engage with an extensive and intensive study of Asia in the past and present. Students explore the societies of East and South Asia and their global ramifications. The program offers a lively academic study of Asia through interdisciplinary curriculum, internships, international exchange programs, and study abroad. Major Requirements 39 credit hours with grades of C or better including at least 15 credit hours at the 300-level or above Demonstrate proficiency in at least one Asian language equivalent to two years of college-level study as certified by the Department of World Languages and Cultures Course Requirements CORE REQUIREMENTS (9 CREDIT HOURS) ASIA-100 Introduction to Asia (3) HIST-250 Empires and States in East Asia FA3 (3) PHIL-211 Introduction to Asian Philosophy (3) or RELG-210 Non-Western Religious Traditions FA3 (3) ELECTIVES (12 CREDIT HOURS) Complete 12 credit hours from the following or other courses approved by the major advisor: ARTH-225 Buddhist Arts of Asia FA1 (3) ARTH-320 Introduction to the Arts of Japan (3) ECON-458 Economics of the World Regions (3) (approved topics) HIST-214 History of the World Regions (3) (approved topics) HIST-447 Asian Studies (3) (topics) PHIL-418 Chinese Philosophy (3) PHIL-419 Buddhist Philosophy (3) RELG-473 Hinduism (3) SISU-212 China, Japan and the United States FA3 (3) INTERNSHIP (3 CREDIT HOURS) Note: With approval of the major advisor, up to an additional 3 credit hours of internship may also be applied toward the elective requirements. ASIA-491 Internship in Asian Studies (1-6) (3 credit hours required) CONCENTRATION (12 CREDIT HOURS) Complete 12 credit hours from the following or other approved upper-level courses, focusing on a concentration determined by the student's research interests; concentrations may be discipline-based (history and politics, arts and culture, philosophy and religion) or region-based (China, India, Japan, Korea): ARTH-423 East-West Photography (3) ARTH-424 Envisioning the Nation: Modern and Contemporary Art in Asia (3) CHIN-308 Chinese Immersion: Folklore (1) (study abroad) CHIN-309 Chinese Immersion: Popular Culture (1) (study abroad) CHIN-310 Chinese Immersion: Social Issues (1) (study abroad) ECON-458 Economics of the World Regions (3) (approved topics) HIST-485 Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Beyond (3) LIT-242 Chinese Literature and Society (3) (study abroad) LIT-467 Advanced Studies in World Literature (3) (approved topics) PHIL-413 Studies in Asian Philosophy (3) (topics) RELG-470 Islam (3) SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT (3 CREDIT HOURS) 3 credit hours in an approved capstone project course