Asian Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

103 Shatzel Hall, 419-372-7814

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Asian Studies are expected to:

  • Know the developments in the arts, history, culture, economics, politics, and societies of selected countries in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia; recognize the diversity of Asia; and identify basic practices and theories of major Asian beliefs and institutions;
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of a chosen Asian country or region;
  • Develop knowledge of the historical, present, and evolving relationship of the United States with other Asian countries of the Pacific Rim. Cultivate a sensitive cultural and historical understanding of US-Asian relations;
  • Choose at least one discipline (language and literature, history, political science, geography, philosophy, anthropology, education, music) and gain an ability to use its methodology in identifying, analyzing, and explaining issues of Asian region;
  • Demonstrate college-level competence in an Asian language (including speaking, reading, and writing).

Major, Bachelor of Arts (36 hours) - minor required - Spring 2017 course requirements

The Asian Studies program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum of studies on Asia. Students complete a minimum of 36 credit hours from the list of the core courses and the elective courses.

Alternative courses may be approved by the program advisor. Students must fulfill the foreign language requirement by completing Chinese or Japanese at the 2020 level or demonstrate competency in one Asian language. This may be done by completing intensive Asian language and culture courses through student exchange programs in Asia. The students who wish to enter non-teaching careers are encouraged to develop a second major or minor in history, political science, economics, geography, etc. Dual degrees can also be pursued in the areas of comparative education, ethnomusicology, international business, etc.

Minor (21 hours)
21 hours selected from the core and elective courses in consultation with the Asian Studies advisor. 3 credits, or one semester of Asian language required. No more than 11 credits of language may count towards minor.

Student exchange and internship programs
The Asian Studies program annually sends selected undergraduate students to Asia as exchange students or student interns. Students earn credits transferable to the University. See Special Academic Programs and Services or contact the Asian Studies program advisor for information.

Financial aid
Up to six scholarships are awarded annually to students majoring or minoring in Asian Studies. Recipients are recognized at the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's reception in April. See the Asian Studies program advisor for details.


Updated: 12/01/2017 10:35PM