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Global Asia Studies BA

This 36-38 credit multidisciplinary major program advances a cross-cultural understanding of Asia and the world and develops bilingual area specialists and professionals for graduate schools, government and international organizations or for employment in a globalized economy. 

Students follow one of two tracks: Asian Languages and Cultures or Comparative Asian Studies.

University Core Credits (44 Minimum Credits)

Major Requirements - (36-38 credits)

TRACK I: Asian Languages and Cultures requires completion of 36-38 credits as follows:

Asian Languages Courses       (18-20 credits)

Global Asia Topical Courses    (9 credits)

Senior Thesis                        (3 credits)  

Elective Course                      (3 credits)

Research Seminar                  (3 credits)

OR

TRACK II: Comparative Asian Studies requires completion of 36-38 credits as follows:

Asian Languages Courses       (9-11 credits)

Global Asia Topical Courses    (18 credits)

Senior Thesis                        (3 credits)  

Elective Course                      (3 credits)

Research Seminar                  (3 credits)

Comparative Asian Studies

TRACK I:  Required Global Asia Topical Courses (9 credits) chosen from list below.

TRACK II: Required Global Asia Topical Courses (18 credits) chosen from list below.

ART 220Art History: Aspects of Asian Art

3 credits

COM 213Intercultural Communication

3 credits

ENG 201Writing in the Disciplines

3 - 4 credits

ECO 374Rising Powers: China's Economic Growth and Development

3 credits

ECO 375China's Financial System: Past, Present and Future

3 credits

ECO 396STopic: U.S. and China: Economic & Political Relations

3 credits

ECO 396VTopic: From Wall Street to the Great Wall

3 credits

GLB 101An Introduction to Global Studies I

3 credits

HIS 241Modern China

3 credits

HIS 242Modern Japan

3 credits

HIS 296ABarbarians and Mandarins: China and Her Inner Asian Neighbor

3 credits

HIS 296BTopic: Modern East Asia in Film

3 credits

HIS 296ETopic: Tolstoy, Turks and Taliban: Russia's "Orient"

3 credits

HIS 296UTopic: Bible and Gun: Christianity in China since 1500

3 credits

HIS 296YTopic: History of Non-Violent Activism in Modern Asia

3 credits

HIS 297CTopic: Rome's Golden Age: The Late Republic and Early Empire

3 credits

HIS 297DTopic: Wars in the Asia-Pacific

3 credits

HIS 297FTopic: Of Swords and Cherry Blossoms: Samurai Images Past and Present

3 credits

HIS 340Chinese Cultural Tradition

3 credits

INT 196JThe Sacred and the Secular in East Asia

6 credits

INT 297AHong Kong and Bollywood: Globalization of Asian Cinema

6 credits

LIT 211DThe Individual and Society

3 credits

LIT 211FWorlds In Literature: The Asian Diaspora

3 credits

LIT 345Literatures of Diversity

3 credits

RES 202Great Ideas in Eastern Religious Thought

3 credits

RES 296Topics in Religious Studies

3 credits

Note: students interested in a following topic course should check with the Global Asia Major program director about possible availability: 

COM 296 topic course: Cinema from the Margins; ECO 300 topic course course: Political Economy of Developing Nations; HIS 297 topic course: Screening the Nation: Nationalism in Chinese Cinemas; LIT 200 topic course: Raise the Red Lantern: Chinese Film and Literature in Translation. 

Other Major Requirements

ONE Elective Course: required for both tracks (3 credits) from either the Asian Languages course list or the Global Asia Topical course list.

and

ONE Senior Thesis: required for both tracks (3 credits). All GLB majors must complete a research project (thesis) of their own choice in consultation with the faculty specialists in the program.  

and

ONE Research Seminar: required for both tracks (3 credits) chosen from the list below.

COM 312Introduction to Cultural Studies

3 credits

HIS 380Seminar on Historiography

3 credits

LIT 329Literary Theory and Criticism

3 credits

WS 380Seminar in Feminist Theory

3 credits

OR

GLB 400-level Asia Seminar (3 credits)

Asian Languages and Cultures Track

TRACK I:  Required Asian Languages Courses (18-20 credits) chosen from list below.

TRACK II: Required Asian Languages Courses (9-11 credits) chosen from list below.

CHI 101Elementary Chinese I (Mandarin)

4 credits

CHI 102Elementary Chinese II (Mandarin)

4 credits

CHI 263Chinese for Heritage Speakers

4 credits

CHI 280Intensive Review of Chinese

3 credits

CHI 283Intermediate Chinese Conversation

3 credits

CHI 300Chinese Theater and Culture

3 credits

CHI 301Advanced Conversation in Chinese

3 credits

CHI 305Chinese for Professional Communication

3 credits

CHI 380Chinese Seminar

3 credits

JPN 101Elementary Japanese I

3 credits

JPN 102Elementary Japanese II

3 credits

JPN 280Intensive Review of Japanese

3 credits

JPN 283Intermediate Japanese Conversation

3 credits

JPN 380Japanese Seminar: Japanese for Professions

3 credits

JPN 395Independent Study in Japanese

1 - 9 credits

OR

Open Electives (35-48 credits)

Includes UNV 101 - Freshman Seminar ( 1 credit) required of first-year freshman students.
Total Credit Hours:128

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