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The Major

Please contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies for information about the major or assistance in applying to the major.

 Major Requirements

Total credit hours: 46

  1. Core Courses (10 credit hours)
    • AS 101: Introduction to Asian Studies (1 credit hour)
    • AS 181 or AS 182: Asian Civilization I or II
    • AS 221 Survey of Asian Literature or AS 229 Contemporary Asian Societies
    • To be accepted into the major, a grade of C (2.0) or higher must be achieved in at least two of the core courses.
  2. Language Proficiency (12-18 credit hours, or 6-8 credit hours beyond the General Education requirement).
    • Students are required to take four semesters of an Asian language other than their native language or demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency equivalent to two years of classroom language study at UB. Students who are able to demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in an Asian language other than their native language may petition the Asian Studies Program Director of Undergraduate Studies to replace the required language study with upper-level electives, with the general principle that each year of language study will be replaced by two 3-hour courses in the upper-level elective category. At most two semesters of language study can be replaced by content courses.
  3. Upper Level Electives (18 credit hours) | Approved Courses at the 300-400 level.
    • Approved, 300/400-level courses, of which 9 credit hours must relate to the culture or region of the language selected. Courses must include a more or less equal number of social sciences and humanities courses. Up to 6 credit hours of language courses at the 300-level and above may be counted, unless the student is applying those courses to an Asian language minor.
  4. Capstone Course (3 credit hours)
    • AS 498 Senior Research
    • Research, writing, and oral presentation of a research project are carried out under the guidance of a faculty member.
  5. With the exception of 300 and 400 level language courses, all courses applicable to the AS major may also be used towards a major in a different department.
  6. To graduate, a minimum grade of 1.67 (C-) is required in any course in the major, with an overall minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major.