Asian Studies (BA)

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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

*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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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
Art and Literature 4
Select one of the following: 3
Architecture and Gardens in China and Japan
Survey of Asian Art
Twentieth Century Chinese Artists and Architecture
Chinese Art
Chinese Literature in Translation I
Studies in Asian Art
Chinese Literary Theory
Western Literature in China
Asian Theatre
Philosophy and Religion 4
Select one of the following: 3
South Asian Religious Thought and Culture
Ethnicity and Religion in China
East Asian Religious Thought and Culture
Chinese Culture and Tradition
Introduction to Eastern Religious Traditions
Eastern Mysticism
East Asian Cultures
Buddhist Scriptures
Asian Philosophy
History 4
Select two of the following: 6
History of India
Traditional China
Modern China
Modern Japan
U.S. and Vietnam
Women in East Asian History
Civilizations of Ancient and Medieval India
Civilizations of Modern India
Nationalism and Modernity in East Asia
Politics 4
Select one of the following: 3
Global Capitalisms
The People's Republic of China
Politics of East Asia
Politics and Government of Southeast Asia
Nationalism and Modernity in East Asia
Russia and Eurasia
Comparative Political Economy
Popular Culture 4
Select one of the following: 3
Chinese Popular Culture
Japanese Culture Through Film
Japanese Culture Through Film
Japanese Popular Culture
Japanese Popular Culture
Contemporary Asia 4
Select one of the following: 3
Understanding China: People, Environment and Development
Introduction to Japanese Society
Geography of South Asia
Anthropology of China
Doing Business in China
Contemporary China
China Through Film
Language Courses 5
Select one of the following sequences: 6
Advanced Intermediate Chinese I
Advanced Intermediate Chinese II
Third-Year Japanese I
Third-Year Japanese II
AST 495Senior Seminar 3
One Asian Studies Humanities elective 63
One Asian Studies Social Science elective 73
Minimum Total Hours39
Supporting Courses
Electives in Social Sciences, other than Asian Studies, at the 300-level or above15
Minimum Electives 814
Minimum Total Hours29

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

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
1

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language.

2

In addition to courses counted toward General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above.

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements.

4

AST 390, AST 391, AST 500, AST 501 and CHST 313 are special topics courses. They may used to satisfy any area degree requirement depending on topic appropriateness with the program director's approval. 

5

Other Asian languages may be substituted upon approval of the Director of the Asian Studies Program

6

Asian Studies Humanities electives include the following: AST 290/ARTH 290, AST 330/ARTH 335, AST 331/ARTH 331, ARTH 339, AST 270/CHST 270/M L 270, AST 323/CHST 323, CHST 313, CHST 331, AST 333/CHST 333, AST 335/CHST 335, AST 341/CHST 341, AST 351/CHST 351, CHST 353, CHST 361, HUM 218, HUM 307, AST 340/HUM 341, HUM 342, AST 343/HUM 343, HUM 369, AST 531/ARTH 531, M L 310, M L 313 (when topic is appropriate and approved by the program director).

7

 Asian Studies Social Science electives include the following: AST 317/ANTH 317, AST 347/ANTH 347, AST 308/GEOG 308, AST 316/GEOG 316, AST 397/HIST 397, AST 398/HIST 398, AST 399/HIST 399, AST 365/POLS 365, AST 366/POLS 366, AST 367/POLS 367, HIST 396, HIST 561, HIST 584, HIST 591, HIST 592, HIST 598, POLS 345, POLS 362

8

Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 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 First-Year Japanese I
3
 Hours16
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 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 First-Year Japanese II
3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
CHNS 201
Intermediate Chinese I
or Second-Year Japanese I
3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Humanities or Natural Science Elective 3
CHNS 202
Intermediate Chinese II
or Second-Year 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 Third-Year 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 Third-Year 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 Area Elective 3
Asian Studies Humanities Elective 3
AST 495 Senior Seminar 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

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Next, click on "View my Degree Audit" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, or create a What-if report.

Flight Planner
Based on your major, the Flight Planner tool may be available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan.  The Flight Planner can be found in the ULink Student Center.  Consult with your advisor for assistance with the Flight Planner.