Asian Studies

Q: What courses should I take during the first year?
HIST 080, Introduction to Modern East Asia (or a first-year seminar in Asian Studies), and Beginning Chinese or Japanese (unless a student is already proficient in an Asian language). Check here for History course availability, here for Chinese course availability and here for Japanese course availability.
Q: What courses should first year students steer clear of?
Generally avoid 200-level courses unless the student already has good background in the subject matter of the course.
Q: If key introductory courses are filled, are there good alternatives?
All 100-level or lower numbered course in Asian Studies are good alternatives.
Q: Is there a preferred sequence of courses students should follow?
Generally some 100-level courses should be taken before students take many 200-level courses, but most 200-level courses are open to all students.
Q: How and when are advisors determined for declared majors?
Students should approach an Asian Studies faculty member with whom they are familiar and ask that faculty member to be the student’s advisor. Generally the student should ask for an advisor whose specialty coincides with the student’s main area of interest, whether Political Science, History, Economics, Management, Asian Languages, IDCE, Geography, etc.
Q: What are the guidelines for internships and/or directed readings?
Students must have a faculty member with appropriate expertise who is willing to serve as the supervisor for an internship or the instructor in a directed readings course.
Q: : What courses in related departments do your majors usually take?
Asian Studies majors are required to have a minor or a second major in an established department in Social Sciences, Management, Humanities or Arts.
Q: What are the guidelines for students wishing to pursue any related Accelerated Degree Program (fifth year) option?
As there is no fifth-year program in Asian Studies, students pursuing the fifth year option will have to be sure to meet the requirements of whatever program they wish to enter.
Q: What is the preferred mix of courses for someone considering this major (e.g., lecture vs. lab vs. discussion vs. seminar)
Generally students will first take lecture/discussion courses and possibly one first-year seminar. Advanced or research seminars are generally to be taken in the Junior and Senior years, or after the student has already had some work in the subject area of the seminar.
Q: : What should be taken into account when considering a minor (e.g. complementary majors, timing and sequence of courses, etc)
Complementary majors or minors would include fields that combine with Asian Studies to enhance a student’s employment or graduate school prospects. Asian Studies would combine effectively with most areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and especially with languages and literatures, history, political science, economics, sociology, geography, and international development.
Q: Where should students or faculty go for more information?
Ken MacLean (International Development)
Alice Valentine (Languages Literature and Culture)
Srinivasan Sitaraman (Political Science)
Lex Jing Lu (History)

Revised: 2/2017