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    May 29, 2023  
American University Catalog 2020-2021 
American University Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Asian Studies (BA)

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Offered by the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative College of Arts and Sciences , the Asian Studies (BA) aims to understand Asia in a dynamic global context. It enhances students’ understanding of historical and contemporary global culture and politics by enabling students to engage with an extensive and intensive study of Asia in the past and present. Students explore the societies of East and South Asia and their global ramifications. The program offers a lively academic study of Asia through interdisciplinary curriculum, internships, international exchange programs, and study abroad.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and the approval of the program director.

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

  • 39 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 18 credit hours at or above 300-level
  • Demonstrate proficiency in at least one Asian language equivalent to two years of college-level study as certified by the Department of World Languages and Cultures 

Course Requirements

Internship (3 credit hours)

Note: With approval of the major advisor, up to an additional 3 credit hours of internship may also be applied toward the elective requirements.

Concentration (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours from the following, or other approved upper-level coursework, focusing on a concentration determined by the student’s research interests:

Note: Concentrations may be discipline-based (history and politics, arts and culture, philosophy and religion) or region-based (China, India, Japan, Korea).

Capstone (3 credit hours)

  • 3 credit hours in an approved capstone project

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

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