The Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor or view it and other current advising information at http://em.csuchico.edu/aap/ProgramSearch.

Please see the General Education, Diversity, U.S. History, and Literacy Requirements under the BA in Latin American Studies.

Course Requirements for the Major: 30-32 units

Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

1 course required:

ASST 490 Capstone Course 3.0 SP WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

1 course selected from:

ANTH 200 Cultures of Asia 3.0 Inq * GC

This course is also offered as ASST 200.

ASST 200 Cultures of Asia 3.0 Inq * GC

This course is also offered as ANTH 200.

1 course selected from:

AAST 300 Asian Studies: Contemporary Social Problems and Prospects 3.0 FS * GC

This course is also offered as ASST 300.

ASST 300 Asian Studies: Contemporary Social Problems and Prospects 3.0 FS * GC

This course is also offered as AAST 300.

21-23 units selected from:

Students must select a 6-9 units each from Group A and Group B, and 6-8 units from Group C for a minimum of 21 units. 12 units must be upper division.

Group A: Humanities

6-9 units selected from:

ARTH 103 Far Eastern Art Survey 3.0 FS * GC
ARTH 461 Chinese and Japanese Art 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ARTH 101 and ARTH 102 for art majors.
HIST 350 America's Vietnam Experience 3.0 FA *
HIST 373 East Asia Before 1800 3.0 FA * GC
HIST 374 East Asia After 1800 3.0 SP * GC
HIST 378 Chinese Women and Social History 3.0 SP GC
HIST 379 Southeast Asian History and Culture 3.0 SP
HIST 475 Modern China 3.0 FA GC
HIST 476 Modern Japan 3.0 SP GC
JAPN 330 Japanese Culture and Civilization 3.0 Inq GC
PHIL 202 Philosophy East and West 3.0 FS * GC
RELS 110 Asian Religions 3.0 FS * GC
RELS 210 Chinese Religions 3.0 Inq
RELS 211 Japanese Religions 3.0 Inq
RELS 212 Hinduism 3.0 FA * GC
RELS 213 Buddhism 3.0 FS * GC
RELS 366 Mysticism: East and West 3.0 SP

Group B: Social and Applied Sciences

6-9 units selected from:

AAST 152 Introduction to the Asian American Experience 3.0 Inq * USD

This course is also offered as SOCI 152.

AAST 370 Asian Immigration: World System Perspective 3.0 Inq USD
ECON 375 The Developing Countries 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ECON 103.
ECON 376 Economics of the Pacific Rim 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ECON 101 or ECON 102 or faculty permission.
GEOG 370 Pacific Rim Regions 3.0 Inq
INST 446D International Relations of the Pacific Basin 3.0 SP

This course is also offered as POLS 446D, and POLS 346.

POLS 415D Comparative Government: Asia 3.0 SP
POLS 446D International Relations of the Pacific Basin 3.0 SP

This course is also offered as INST 446D.

POLS 447 Vietnam and Foreign Policy 3.0 S1
SOCI 152 Introduction to the Asian American Experience 3.0 Inq * USD

This course is also offered as AAST 152.

Group C: Languages

6-8 units selected from:

CHNS 101 First-Semester Chinese 3.0 FS
CHNS 102 Second-Semester Chinese 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHNS 101.
CHNS 103 Third-Semester Chinese 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHNS 102.
CHNS 104 Fourth-Semester Chinese 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHNS 103.
JAPN 101 First-Semester Japanese 4.0 FS *
JAPN 102 Second-Semester Japanese 4.0 FS *
Prerequisites: JAPN 101 or faculty permission.
JAPN 201 Third-Semester Japanese 4.0 FS *
Prerequisites: JAPN 102 or faculty permission.
JAPN 202 Fourth-Semester Japanese 4.0 FS *
Prerequisites: JAPN 201 or faculty permission.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major, a minor, or study abroad in Asia.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It requires 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or academic competition. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. All 6 units are honors classes (marked by a suffix of H), and at least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H, 599H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.

2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.

3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.

6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.

Honors in Asian Studies

To be eligible for Honors in Asian Studies, students must have completed all courses for the major with a GPA of 3.5. They must complete two years of a foreign language or have established competency in an Asian language. Upon recommendation by a faculty member and after an interview, the student will take 6 units of ASST 499H, Senior Honors Thesis, culminating in a public presentation of the project. In addition, an Asian experience of some sort (e.g., an international study program, language study in Asia, a summer project or internship, etc.) is strongly encouraged.