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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Asian Studies - Major


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Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary major that draws upon dozens of designated courses across college departments. An Asian Studies major provides students with a broad understanding of Asia’s regional variations and global exchanges on cultural, political, and economic fronts.

Asian Studies majors choose from one of two tracks of study: East Asia (focusing primarily China and Japan) and South Asia (focusing primarily India and Pakistan) and are required to achieve basic competence in a target language such as Chinese, Japanese and Arabic or, in special cases, Hindi and Urdu.

Asian Studies majors are required to participate in an international experience that ideally includes approved study-abroad programs, cooperative education or internships in foreign countries, or employment in an international organization or in the international division of U.S. firms with foreign operations. In special cases, extended experiential learning projects with a segment of a Rochester-based Asian community may also meet this requirement. Students must have a 2.7 GPA and recommendation of the program director to qualify for the Asian Studies experiential learning component.

Majors in the East Asia track take a minimum of 6 credits and majors in the South Asia track take a minimum of 12 credits free electives chosen within East Asia, South Asia, or General Asian Studies track offerings.

NOTE: Total coursework must draw from at least 4 different disciplines as defined by course prefixes.

Required Courses


Introduction to International Studies and the Junior/Senior Seminar: Global Asia are required for all Asian Studies majors.

Cultural Tracks


Majors choose between East Asia and South Asia tracks and take a minimum of 15 credits in cultural track of choice.

General Asian Studies


In addition to the 15 credits required in the East Asia or South Asia track (students must choose one) students are also required to complete additional electives taken from courses in East Asia, South Asia or General Asian Studies.  Students who select the East Asia track take a minimum of 6 elective credits from any of these three areas.  Students who select the South Asia track take a minimum of 12 elective credits from any of these three areas.

Language Study


Majors in East Asia track take a minimum 12 credits or the equivalent of 2 years of language study in Chinese or Japanese. Majors in South Asia track take a minimum 6 credits or the equivalent of 1 year of language study in Arabic, Hindi, or Urdu.

Senior Experience


The senior experience includes participation in capstone seminar, Global Asia, that serves as a culmination of Asian studies coursework, language study, and international experience.

  • AST*499 Senior Comprehensive

Sample Program for Asian Studies Major


Freshman Year


  • FYS course taken with ACS 101 (RES.F*101 recommended)  Credits: 3
  •   Credits: 1
  • Foreign Language requirement  Credits: 6
  • History Perspectives Enduring Question (P-EQ) course (HIS.Q*106 or HIS.Q*107 recommended) Credits: 3
  • Visual and Performing Arts Perspectives Enduring Question (P-EQ) course (AHI.Q*272 recommended) Credits: 3
  • Health and Wellness course
  • Electives Credits: 6

As well as:

Sophomore Year


  • Foreign Language requirements Credits: 6
  • Literature Perspectives Enduring Question (P-EQ) course Credits: 3
  • Mathematics Perspectives Enduring Question (P-EQ) course Credits: 3
  • Philosophy Perspectives Enduring Question (P-EQ) course Credits: 3
  • Social Science Perspectives Enduring Question (P-EQ) course (ECO.Q*102 recommended) Credits: 3
  • Integrative Studies (IS) course Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 9

Junior Year


  • Foreign Language requirement Credits: 6
  • Natural Science Perspectives Enduring Question (P-EQ) course Credits: 4
  • Integrative Studies (IS) course Credits: 3
  • Independent Research (possible Experiential Learning pathway) Credits: 3
  • Onsite Philosophy course Credits: 3
  • Onsite Political Science course Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 9

Senior Year


  • Asian Studies Junior-Senior Experience Credits: 3
  • Integrative Studies (IS) course Credits: 3
  • Core Milestone Experience (CME) Credits: 0
  • Electives Credits: 21
  • AST*499 Senior Comprehensive Credits: 0

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