Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Asian Studies - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, Minor in Asian Studies

Acceptance Information

The major permits the student to explore several regions and cultures of Asia as well as the Asian experience in America. At the same time, it requires a focus on one region or culture of Asia and a related Asian language. Students take a required core of four lower-division courses and four semesters of language. Upper-level electives (six courses) include both the social sciences and the humanities. The capstone experience is a senior research course. Some students who are majoring in another discipline elect Asian Studies as a double major or a joint major.

Asian Studies - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum grade of C in any two courses required for the major.

About the Major

A major in Asian Studies prepares students to live and work in a global arena in which Asia plays a prominent role. Students take courses offered directly by the Asian Studies Program or by a range of other departments at UB. Asian Studies majors acquire the skills and concepts needed for appreciating the rich civilizations and vibrant societies of Asia and for relating professionally with people in and from Asian countries.

Advising Notes

To graduate, minimum grade of C- required in any course in the major.

Required Courses

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
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 Undergraduate Advisor to replace the required language study with upper-level electives, with the general principle that each year of language study will be replaced by one 3-hour course in the upper level elective category.)

CORE COURSES (10 credit hours)
AS 101 Introduction to Asian Studies
AS 110 The Asian American Experience
AS/ HIS 181 or AS/HIS 182 Asian Civilizations
AS 221 Survey of Asian Literature or AS 229 Contemporary Asian Societies

UPPER LEVEL ELECTIVES (18 credit hours)
Approved, 300/400-level courses, of which 9 credit hours must relate to the culture or region of the language selected. At least 6 credit hours must be in the social sciences and at least 6 credit hours must be in the humanities. 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.

CAPSTONE COURSE
AS 498 Senior Research

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 52
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 28
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Study abroad in Asia is strongly recommended. Students must get approval from the undergraduate advisor to apply credits obtained through study abroad to the Asian Studies major or minor.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge and skills to:
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively in written and spoken English
  • Read and analyze texts and non-print sources carefully and critically
  • Use primary and secondary sources to develop original arguments and analysis­ including sources in a language other than their native language
  • Speak, listen, read, and write proficiently in an Asian language other than their native language at the intermediate level or higher
  • Analyze how specific historical developments, cultural norms, socioeconomic and geographic contexts, etc. have shaped perceptions, practices, and products of individuals in specific Asian cultures, including Asian diaspora in the United States
  • Articulate connections and differences among the countries and peoples of Asia
  • Compare and contrast historical developments, philosophical traditions, cultural practices, and social and economic structures and norms of an Asian target country with those of the United States
  • Demonstrate specialized, interdisciplinary knowledge of one Asian country or region (normally the country or region of the second language studied)
  • Understand the terminology and methodologies of different disciplinary approaches to the study of Asia
  • Appreciate the value of greater cultural exposure to one's intellectual, professional, and personal development
  • Finish in Four Sequence

    View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Asian Studies BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

    Asian Studies - Minor

    About the Minor

    As a companion to a major in another academic or professional field, the interdisciplinary minor in Asian Studies broadens and enriches the academic experience. It conveys skills and concepts needed for appreciating the rich civilizations and vibrant societies of Asia and for relating professionally with people in and from Asian countries. The minor is a valuable credential for graduate study and an international career.

    Acceptance Criteria

    Minimum grade of C in any course required for the minor.

    Advising Notes

    Minimum grade of C- required in any course in the minor.
    Except for the language proficiency requirement, courses applied to another minor or major may not be applied to this minor.

    Required Courses

    LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
    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 Undergraduate Advisor to replace the required language study with upper-level electives, with the general principle that each year of language study will be replaced by one 3-hour course in the upper level elective category.)

    CORE COURSE
    One of the following: AS/HIS 181 or AS/HIS 182 Asian Civilizations I and II, AS 221 Survey of Asian Literature, AS 229 Contemporary Asian Societies

    ADVANCED COURSES
    Three approved Asian Studies courses at the 300/400-level. Two must be outside the students' major department (for example, History majors must take two upper-level Asia-related electives offered outside the History Department to complete the Asian Studies minor). One 300/400-level language course may be counted toward the advanced course requirement.

    Minor Credit Requirements Chart
    Total Credits Required for Minor 24

    Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

    Asian Studies - Joint Major

    About the Joint Major

    See University Degree Requirements for the definition of a joint major.

    Requirements: The Asian Studies joint major requires 25 credits beyond the general education language requirement. See the undergraduate advisor for advisement and suggestions on course selection .

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