Asian Studies (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (ASST BA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Program: Asian Studies

Program Information

Asia is the home of 60 percent of the world's population. China and Japan are the second and third largest economies in the world, and India has also experienced very rapid economic growth in the last three decades. Asia has some of the world's most ancient civilizations in the world, such as the Chinese civilization and the Indian civilization. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies program at UofL is an undergraduate-level interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Asian Studies requires a minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Louisville GPA. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website:  louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Multiple Courses - AH, D2 (see below)
Anthropology of China - D2, SB
Introduction to Japanese Society - D2, SB

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Asian Studies Program
AST 310Introduction to Asian Studies3
AST/CHST/M L 270Chinese Contributions to the World - AH, D23
Asian Art, Literature and Culture 43
Choose one of the following:
Architecture and Gardens in China and Japan
Survey of Asian Art - AH, D2
Twentieth Century Chinese Artists and Architecture - AH, D2
Chinese Art
Chinese Literature in Translation I - AH, D2
Studies in Asian Art
Chinese Literary Theory
Western Literature in China
Asian Theatre
Asian Philosophy, Religion and Culture 43
Choose one of the following:
South Asian Religious Thought and Culture - AH, D2
Ethnicity and Religion in China
East Asian Religious Thought and Culture - AH, D2
Chinese Culture and Tradition
Introduction to Eastern Religious Traditions - AH, D2
Eastern Mysticism
East Asian Cultures - AH, D2
Buddhist Scriptures
Asian Philosophy - AH, D2
Asian History 43
Choose one of the following:
History of India
Traditional China
Modern China
Modern Japan
U.S. and Vietnam - CUE, WR
Women in East Asian History
Civilizations of Ancient and Medieval India - CUE, WR
Civilizations of Modern India - CUE, WR
Nationalism and Modernity in East Asia
Asian Politics 43
Choose one of the following:
Global Capitalisms
The People's Republic of China - WR
Politics of East Asia
Politics and Government of Southeast Asia
Nationalism and Modernity in East Asia
Russia and Eurasia - WR
Comparative Political Economy
Asian Popular Culture 43
Choose one of the following:
Chinese Popular Culture - AH, D2
Japanese Culture Through Film - AH, D2
Japanese Popular Culture - AH, D2
Contemporary Asia 43
Choose one of the following:
Geography of China
Introduction to Japanese Society - D2, SB
Geography of South Asia
Anthropology of China - D2, SB
Doing Business in China
Contemporary China
China Through Film - AH, D2
Language Courses 5
Select one of the following sequences: 6
Advanced Intermediate Chinese I
Advanced Intermediate Chinese II
Advanced Japanese I
Advanced Japanese II
AST 495Senior Seminar - CUE3
One Asian Studies Humanities elective 63
One Asian Studies Social Science elective 73
Supporting Courses
Electives in Social Sciences, other than Asian Studies, at the 300-level or above15
Minimum Electives 814
Minimum Total Hours68

Consult your AST advisor about how independent study and topics courses (AST 491AST 500AST 501) count in your major.

Only 40 hours of courses designated Asian Studies may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. 

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Senior Seminar - CUE

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SB 3
CHNS 101
Elementary Chinese I
or Basic Japanese I
3
 Hours16
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
CHNS 102
Elementary Chinese II
or Basic Japanese II
3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
CHNS 201
Intermediate Chinese I
or Intermediate Japanese I
3
AST 270 Chinese Contributions to the World - AH, D2 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Humanities or Natural Science Elective 3
CHNS 202
Intermediate Chinese II
or Intermediate Japanese II
3
AST 310 Introduction to Asian Studies 3
Asian Studies Area Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Humanities or Natural Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective (not Asian Studies) (300 level or above) 3
Asian Studies Area Elective 3
Asian Studies Area Elective 3
CHNS 301
Advanced Intermediate Chinese I
or Advanced Japanese I
3
 Hours15
Spring
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science WR Elective (not Natural Science) (300 level or above) 3
Asian Studies Area Elective 3
Asian Studies Area Elective 3
CHNS 302
Advanced Intermediate Chinese II
or Advanced Japanese II
3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Social Science Elective (not Asian Studies) (300 level or above) 3
Asian Studies Area Elective 3
Asian Studies Humanities Elective 3
AST 495 Senior Seminar - CUE 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Social Science Elective (not Asian Studies) (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective (not Asian Studies) (300 level or above) 3
Asian Studies Social Science Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121

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