Asian Studies (B.A.)

The study of other languages, literatures, and cultures not only provides important perspectives on the world, but also sharpens analytical and reasoning skills, deepens understanding of English, and enhances the quality of one's writing. Linguistic and broadly-based cultural studies provide excellent grounding for various professional programs, including law, business, medicine or health sciences, teaching at the high school or university level, library and information science, and museum practice.

Students should refer to the CMLLC program requirements for admission, degree, and general education requirements.

Asian Studies

A major in Asian Studies consists of a concentration in either Chinese; Japanese; Chinese and Japanese (language focused); or Joint Culture (East Asian Studies focused).

Chinese OR Japanese Concentration

The major with a concentration in Chinese or Japanese requires thirty-five credits consisting of:

CHI 2010Intermediate Chinese4
or JPN 2010 Intermediate Japanese I
CHI 2020Intermediate Chinese II4
or JPN 2020 Intermediate Japanese II
Nine further credits in language (select from the following)9
Advanced Chinese I
Advanced Japanese I
Advanced Chinese II
Advanced Japanese II
Chinese Phonetics
Listening Japanese with Media and Animation
Intensive Japanese
East Asian Studies (select from the following)6
East Asia to the 1700s
History of Modern East Asia
Languages of Asia
Politics of East Asia
Region Specific (6 credits in either Chinese or Japanese Studies)6
Gateway to Chinese Civilizations
Contemporary Chinese Pop Culture
Introduction to Chinese Literature
Introduction to Chinese Linguistics
Grammar of Chinese
Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
Readings in China and the World
Chinese Philosophy
Japanese Culture
Culture Studies in Japan (Homestay and Study Abroad Tour)
Modernity in Japanese Literature
Japanese Culture and Society I
Japanese Culture and Society II
Studies in Japanese Culture
Internship in Japanese Studies
Culture Studies in Japan (Homestay and Study Abroad Tour)
Electives6
Total Credits35

Electives include but are not limited to the disciplines of anthropology, business management, history, economics, linguistics, philosophy, cinema, culture, literature, and political science. Further restrictions may apply and students should consult the undergraduate advisor of the language area for details.

Chinese AND Japanese Concentration

The Chinese and Japanese Concentration focuses on the study of both languages. It requires thirty-six credits consisting of:

Language 18
Intermediate Chinese
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Intermediate Japanese II
Language 216
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Chinese
Elementary Japanese II
Intermediate Chinese
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Intermediate Japanese II
Advanced Language or Linguistics3
Advanced Chinese I
Advanced Japanese I
Languages of Asia
East Asian Studies3
East Asia to the 1700s
History of Modern East Asia
Languages of Asia
Politics of East Asia (Region Specific)
Region Specific (6 credits in either Chinese or Japanese Studies)6
Gateway to Chinese Civilizations
Chinese Mythology and the Supernatural
Introduction to Chinese Literature
Introduction to Chinese Linguistics
Grammar of Chinese
Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
Readings in China and the World
Chinese Philosophy
Japanese Culture
Culture Studies in Japan (Homestay and Study Abroad Tour)
Modernity in Japanese Literature
Japanese Culture and Society I
Japanese Culture and Society II
Studies in Japanese Culture
Internship in Japanese Studies
Modern Japan
Total Credits36

Joint Culture Concentration

The Joint Culture Concentration provides some foundation in language but focuses on general East Asian Studies. It requires thirty-six credits consisting of:

Language8
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Chinese
Elementary Japanese II
East Asian Studies10
East Asia to the 1700s
History of Modern East Asia
Languages of Asia
Politics of East Asia
Electives18
Language Courses (no more than 8 credits)
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese
Intermediate Chinese
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese I
Culture Courses
Special Topics in East Asian Studies
Readings in the History of Modern China
Pre-Modern Japan
Modern Japan
Gender in Modern East Asia
Introduction to Chinese Culture and Language
Gateway to Chinese Civilizations
Chinese Mythology and the Supernatural
Contemporary Chinese Pop Culture
Introduction to Chinese Literature
Languages of Asia
Readings in China and the World
Chinese Philosophy
Japanese Culture
Culture Studies in Japan (Homestay and Study Abroad Tour)
Modernity in Japanese Literature
Japanese Culture and Society I
Japanese Culture and Society II
Studies in Japanese Culture
Internship in Japanese Studies
Total Credits36