Asian Studies

The Asian studies concentration is offered through the Center for Asian Research. It demonstrates knowledge of an Asian language as well as general knowledge of Asian history, art, culture, and society. The concentration provides students with official transcript recognition of specialization in Asian Studies.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours including 15 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • 15 semester hours of upper-division area studies course work in at least 3 discipline areas outside of languages and literature courses (such as anthropology, art, geography, history, political science, and religious studies) is required.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • 9 additional hours may be some combination of lower- and/or upper-division courses.  HST/REL 111 Introduction to Asia, HU, H, G (3) is recommended but not required. 6 hours may be satisfied with language and literature courses limited to 321 and above. See an Asian Studies advisor for a list of acceptable courses.
  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in an Asian language at the intermediate level. The language requirement can be satisfied by completing the 201 and 202 sequence, one year of study abroad at the intermediate level, or satisfactory placement on a proficiency exam. Asian languages include: Chinese; Hindu/Urdu; Indonesian; Japanese; Korean; Thai; Vietnamese.
  • A minimum of 6 upper division hours must be taken in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Proficiency through the intermediate level required. Languages include Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese. See Asian Studies advisor for more information.

A Second-Year course CHI 202 OR CHI 210, HIN 202, IDN 202, JPN 202, KOR 202, MND 202, THA 202, VTN 202.

Area Studies: 15 upper division hours (300, 400 or 500 level courses). Courses must be from at least 4 different disciplines and none of the courses may be from the School of International Letters and Cultures (no courses from the following prefixes: CHI, HIN, IDN, JPN, KOR, THA, VTN or SLC.)

Electives: 9 hours, of which up to 6 hours may be satisfied with language and literature courses limited to 321 and above.
No more than 6 hours from the following prefixes: CHI, HIN, IDN, JPN, KOR, THA, VTN or SLC. HST/REL 111 Introduction to Asia, HU, H, G (3) is recommended but not required.

CHI, HIN, IDN, JPN, KOR, THA, VTN (language and literature courses must be 321 and above, electives only)

SLC (select courses on Asia, electives only)

Asian Studies Courses

ARS 444 /  FMS 426 Films of India (3) (Prerequisite: Minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only ARS 444, ARS 544, FMS 426, ARS 494 (South Asian Cinema) or ARS 494 (Films of India))

ARS 472 Art of China

ARS 473 Art of Japan

ARS 475 Chinese Painting

ASB 325 Peoples of Southeast Asia

CHI 307 Introduction to Literary Chinese I (HU) (3)

CHI 308 Introduction to Literary Chinese II (HU) (3)

CHI 321 Chinese Literature (HU) (3)

CHI 322 Chinese Literature (HU & G) (3)

CHI 345 Chinese Film and Civilization (3)

CHI 430 Readings in Chinese Religions (HU & G) (3)

CHI 450 Classical Prose (3)

CHI 461 Readings in Traditional Chinese Literature I (3)

CHI 462 Readings in Traditional Chinese Literature II (3)

CHI 470 Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (3)

GCU 326 Geography of Asia

GCU 432 Geography of China

GCU 433 Geography of Southeast Asia

HST 302 (*WOM* *WAR* *PEACE*}

HST 303 Studies in Asian History

HST 383 China OR CHI 333 

HST 384 China

HST 385 Chinese Science and Medicine OR CHI 335 

HST 386 Interpreting China’s Classics OR CHI 336 SLC 336

HST 387 Japan

HST 388 Japan

HST 389 Japanese Society and Values: Premodern

HST 391 Modern Southeast Asia OR SGS  381 

HST 392 Modern South Asia


HST 451 Chinese Cultural History OR CHI 451 

HST 452 Chinese Cultural History OR CHI 452 OR SLC 452 

HST 453 The People's Republic of China

HST 456 The Vietnam War

HST 459 

JPN 315 The Language of Japanese Popular Culture I: Gender and Onomatopoeia/Mimesis (G) (3)

JPN 316 The Language of Japanese Popular Culture II: Honorifics and Dialects (G) (3)

JPN 401 Reading Modern Japanese Texts I ((L or HU) & G) (3)

JPN 414 Introduction to Classical Japanese (3)

JPN 415 Advanced Classical Japanese (3)

JPN 485 Literary Translation: Theory and Practice (3)

KOR 321 / SLC 321 Modern Korean Literature (3)

KOR 347 Korean Film and Literature (HU) (3)

KOR 350 Women of Korea (H) (3)

KOR 354 Religions of Korea (HU) (3)
KOR 394 OR SLC 394 Special Topics

KOR 457 OR SLC 457

KOR 494 OR SLC 494

KOR 457 / SLC 457 Premodern Korea in a Global Context (3)

KOR 494 OR SLC 494

MUP 489 

POS 357 South Asia Politics

POS 358 Southeast Asia

POS 451 China, Japan, and the Koreas

POS 452 China

POS 468 Comparative Asian Foreign Policies

REL 338 OR CHI 338

REL 343 Taoism OR CHI 343 

REL 344 Religion and Values in Japanese Life

REL 345 Asian Religious Traditions

REL 346 Chinese Religions

REL 347 Religions of India

REL 348 Religion and Culture in Southeast Asia (3)

REL 350 Hinduism

REL 351 Buddhism

REL 352 Modern Buddhism

REL 354 Religious Traditions of Korea OR KOR 354 

REL 355 Japanese Cities and Cultures to 1800

REL 357 Theravada Buddhism in South & Southeast Asia

REL 364 Islam in Eurasia and Central Asia (3)

REL 365 Islamic Civilization (HU & H) (3)

REL 366 Islam in the Modern World

SGS 311 Urbanization in China

SLC 421 Japanese Litrature in Translation (L or HU) & G (3)

VTN 321 Advanced Vietnamese and Literature I HU & G (3)

VTN 322 Advanced Vietnamese and Literature II HU & G (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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