Major and Minor Requirements


Students majoring in Asian Studies will be required to complete 48 credits of courses from the interdisciplinary offerings listed below. An introductory level course, ASIA 200, to be taken in the spring of the sophomore year, will expose students to a broad understanding of Asian Studies as a discipline.  ASIA 399, taken in the senior year, will act as a capstone experience in which students will explore a chosen topic in a more in-depth manner under the guidance of the Asian Studies faculty. Students majoring in Asian Studies are required to study an Asian language through the intermediate (CHIN212 or JAPN212) level; additional English-language courses to complete the major should be selected based on the student's specific interest, and in consultation with a faculty advisor. While most Asian Studies courses are centered on the humanities, students are expected to take at least 8 credits from the social sciences or the arts. All courses taken through CSB/SJU study abroad programs in China, Japan, and India will count toward the elective course requirements for the Asian Studies major.

Students will pursue a three-course concentration that is thematic, geographic, or chronological (e.g. "women in Asia," "India," or "nineteenth-century Asia") and which is explained in the student focus statement developed in the ASIA 200 course and in consultation with the Chair of Asian Studies.

Asian Studies students must complete their Common Curriculum Experiential Learning requirement through an Asia- or Asian America-related experience which include but is not necessarily limited to CSB/SJU-approved semester study abroad, internship, teaching, and service learning activities  related to the student's chosen concentration.

No more than 4 credits from non-CSB/SJU study abroad experiences will apply toward the Asian Studies major without prior approval of the Chair of Asian Studies.  Generally, COLG 385 is not accepted for credit as an elective for the the Asian Studies major or minor.

Checklist of requirements for the major

Asian Studies Minor:

The minor requires 20 credits:  Asia 200, 4 elective credits at the 100 level and 12 elective credits at the 300 level.   Literature in translation courses offered under the Languages and Cultures course designation will count toward the Asian Studies minor.  Chinese and Japanese language courses will not count for this minor.

Checklist of requirements for the minor 

Interdisciplinary Course Offerings
(official catalog entries)

Students interested in pursuing a minor in Chinese or Japanese Languages should consider the Chinese and Japanese minors offered through the department of Languages and Cultures. 

Minor in Chinese Language
This minor is administered by the Department of Languages and Cultures, and requires courses in Chinese language and culture.  

Minor in Japanese Language
This minor is administered by the Department of Languages and Cultures, and requires courses in Japanese language and culture.