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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS)

Asian Studies Program

Program Requirements

The Asian Studies Program offers both an undergraduate major and minor.

Asian Studies Major (60 credits)

HISTORY: Choose 2 (8 credits)

  • HIST 1220 Warring States and Middle Kingdoms
  • HIST 1230 Asia & the Modern World
  • HIST 2810 Modern Japan
  • HIST 2820 Contemporary Japan
  • HIST 3861 American Occupation of Japan (advanced)

RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Choose 1 (4 credits)

  • RLGS 2109 Religions of Tibet
  • RLGS 2543 Religions of China & Japan
  • RLGS 3814 Modern Hinduism
  • RLGS 3816 Hinduism Through Texts
  • RLGS 3820 Buddhism

LANGUAGE (24 credits)

  • 2nd and 3rd year Chinese or Japanese

Note: 1st-year language study may NOT be counted for credit toward the major.

SENIOR THESIS SEQUENCE (8 credits)

  • ASIA 3901 Asian Studies Directed Readings
  • ASIA 3902 Asian Studies Senior Thesis

ELECTIVES (16 credits)

Elective courses not on the approved list must be approved in advanced by the Program Director.

DISTINCTION IN THE MAJOR

Distinction in the Asian Studies major requires a high GPA and the completion of a special thesis project, as follows.

  • You will need to have maintained at least a 3.75 GPA in the major and 3.5 GPA overall by the Spring quarter of your junior year.
  • You must be nominated by an Asian Studies faculty member or the Program Director in order to pursue Distinction in the major.
  • You will need to identify a faculty member who is willing to supervise a thesis project that goes beyond a normal Asian Studies senior thesis.
  • You will need to submit a portfolio of representative work that you have completed in the major.
  • Finally, you will need to meet with your thesis advisor and one other Asian Studies faculty member at the end of the quarter in which you plan to graduate. At this meeting, the faculty members will review your portfolio and thesis and vote whether or not to recommend you for Distinction.

Please talk to the Program Director for further information.

DECLARE THE MAJOR

Please make an appointment with Dr. Ginni Ishimatsu, Asian Studies Program Director (303-871-2152). She will help you to sign up as a major, and guide you to an Asian Studies faculty adviser who can give you advice about the best courses to take according to your main interests. You will need to meet each quarter with the program director for approval of courses taken for the major.

Asian Studies Minor (24 credits)

HISTORY: Choose 2 (8 credits)

  • HIST 1220 Warring States and Middle Kingdoms
  • HIST 1230 Asia & the Modern World
  • HIST 2810 Modern Japan
  • HIST 2820 Contemporary Japan
  • HIST 3861 American Occupation of Japan (advanced)

RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Choose 1 (4 credits)

  • RLGS 2109 Religions of Tibet
  • RLGS 2543 Religions of China & Japan
  • RLGS 3814 Modern Hinduism
  • RLGS 3816 Hinduism Through Texts
  • RLGS 3820 Buddhism

LANGUAGE: Optional

Up to 8 credits of intermediate and/or advanced language (introductory level courses not accepted)

ELECTIVES (12 credits)

Elective courses not on the approved list must be approved in advanced by the Program Director.

DECLARE THE MINOR

Declare a minor in Asian studies.

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Major

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