Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses that will fulfill this requirement are ASST 4096 and one of the following: ASST 2097, ASST 2098, ASST 2696, ASST 3696, ASST 4696.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • The language proficiency requirement of the Asian Studies major exceeds the minimum requirements of the College of Liberal Arts; no additional coursework is required.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa.  (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (minimum 33 credits):

Foundation Courses
Select two of the following:6
Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context
Geography of East and South Asia
Introduction to East Asia: China
Introduction to East Asia: Japan
Language
Select one of the following (fourth semester): 13
Hindi Intermediate II
Chinese Intermediate II
Intermediate Japanese II
Korean Intermediate II
Second-Year Vietnamese II
Writing-Intensive Elective
Select one of the following:3
Asian Diaspora
Japanese Popular Culture and its Literature
Introduction to Islam
Asian Women in Transition
Modern Japan: Empire, War, Society
Asian Studies Electives
Select six electives from three different subject areas.18
Capstone Course
ASST 4096Seminar in Asian Studies3
Total Credit Hours33
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Asian Language Proficiency Requirement The language requirement may be satisfied by coursework or proficiency in the language for heritage speakers. The examination tests listening, speaking, and reading comprehension as well as written communications in any Asian language approved by the Asian Studies advisor.

Students who demonstrate proficiency beyond the fourth semester are not required to replace this with an Asian Studies approved elective.

Distinction in the Major

Asian Studies majors may graduate with distinction in the major if they have a GPA of at least 3.5 in the major and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. 

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following (first level):4
Hindi Elements I [LC] 
Chinese Elements I 
Japanese Elements I [LC] 
Korean Elements I 
Vietnamese Elements I 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following (second level):4
Hindi Elements II [LC] 
Chinese Elements II [LC] 
Japanese Elements II [LC] 
Korean Elements II 
Vietnamese Elements II 
Select one of the following:3
Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context 
Geography of East and South Asia 
Introduction to East Asia: China 
Introduction to East Asia: Japan 
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
Select one of the following (third level):3
Hindi Intermediate I [LC] 
Chinese Intermediate I [LC] 
Intermediate Japanese I [LC] 
Korean Intermediate I [LC] 
Second-Year Vietnamese I 
Select one of the following:3
Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context 
Geography of East and South Asia 
Introduction to East Asia: China 
Introduction to East Asia: Japan 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Asian Studies 1000-4999 Elective13
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
Select one of the following (fourth level):3
Hindi Intermediate II 
Chinese Intermediate II 
Intermediate Japanese II 
Korean Intermediate II 
Second-Year Vietnamese II 
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanties/CST Course3
Asian Studies 1000-4999 Elective13
Asian Studies 1000-4999 Elective13
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
Asian Studies 1000-4999 Elective13
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
Select one of the following:3
Asian Diaspora [WI] 
Japanese Popular Culture and its Literature [WI] 
Introduction to Islam [WI] 
Asian Women in Transition [WI] 
Modern Japan: Empire, War, Society [WI] 
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Asian Studies 1000-4999 Elective13
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
0800-4999 Electives in Any School or College5
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Asian Studies 1000-4999 Elective13
ASST 4096Seminar in Asian Studies [WI]3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
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One elective from one of three different subject areas: to be determined with Asian Studies advisor