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. 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, HIN 202, IDN 202, JPN 202, KOR 202, THA 202, VTN 202.

Area Studies: 15 upper division hours (300, 400 or 500 level courses). Courses must be from at least 3 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.

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 201 Art of Asia

ARS 472 Art of China

ARS 473 Art of Japan

ARS 475 Chinese Painting

ARS 498 [*CHIN* ART*] OR [*JAPA* ART*]


ASB 240 Introduction to Southeast Asia

ASB 324 Peoples of the Pacific

ASB 325 Peoples of Southeast Asia


ECN 335 South Asia and the World Economy


GCU 240 Introduction to Southeast Asia

GCU 326 Geography of Asia

GCU 359 Cities of the World I

GCU 432 Geography of China

GCU 433 Geography of Southeast Asia

GCU 494 [*JAPAN*]

HST 106 Asian Civilizations

HST 107 Asian Civilizations

HST 108 Introduction to Japan

HST 111 Introduction to Asia

HST 201 Historical Themes in Asia

HST 240 Introduction to Southeast Asia

HST 245 OR SGS 245

HST 303 Studies in Asian History

HST 383 China

HST 384 China

HST 385 Chinese Science and Medicine

HST 386 Interpreting China’s Classics

HST 387 Japan

HST 388 Japan

HST 389 Japanese Society and Values: Premodern

HST 391 Modern Southeast Asia

HST 392 Modern South Asia


HST 451 Chinese Cultural History

HST 452 Chinese Cultural History

HST 453 The People's Republic of China

HST 456 The Vietnam War

HST 496 South, Southeast & East Asia Global Matrix


MHL 344 Music in World Cultures

POS 240 Introduction to Southeast Asia


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

POS 494 [*ASIA*] OR [*JAPAN*] OR [*ASIA*]

POS 563 Comparative Asian Security Policies

REL 240 Introduction to Southeast Asia

REL 260 Introduction to Islam


REL 343 Taoism

REL 344 Religion and Values in Japanese Life

REL 345 Asian Religious Traditions

REL 346 Chinese Religions

REL 347 Religions of India

REL 350 Hinduism

REL 351 Buddhism

REL 352 Modern Buddhism

REL 353 Folk Religions of Korea

REL 354 Religious Traditions of Korea

REL 355 Japanese Cities and Cultures to 1800

REL 357 Theravada Buddhism in South & Southeast Asia

REL 365 Islamic Civilization

REL 366 Islam in the Modern World

REL 394 [*ASIA*] OR [*JAPAN*] OR [*REL* KOR*]

REL 405 [*ASIA*]

REL 460 Studies in Islamic Religion


SGS 311 Urbanization in China

SGS 381 Modern Southeast Asia

SGS 394 [*ASIA*] OR [*CHIN*]


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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