The Majors

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic: the Chinese and Japanese programs have decided it would be best to reduce the number of courses required for their respective majors to nine for the graduating classes of 21, 22, and 23. Requirements are as follows:


Eight semesters of Chinese or Japanese language (at least four of them should be 300-level or higher). For Chinese one additional course, Chinese 312 (Classical Chinese) is required. In Japanese, one faculty-approved elective is also required.
For students with higher language proficiency who are placed out of any of the core language courses (101 through 402), they can take an equal number of faculty-approved electives taught either in Chinese or Japanese or English on literature, linguistics, culture studies or related China or Japanese studies disciplines (e.g., art history, history, political science) to fulfill the core language requirement.
The Asian Studies major is also reduced to nine for the classes of 21, 22, 23. The requirements are:


four semesters of Chinese or Japanese, a faculty-approved three course disciplinary qualification, one comparative Asian Studies course, and one Asian Studies elective, which can include further language study.


The department offers three distinct majors: the major in Chinese and the major in Japanese each requires four years of language study in addition to other coursework; the interdisciplinary Asian Studies major requires at least two years of language study. Details about the majors are found in the Asian Studies General Information section of the Course Catalog. The concentration in Global Studies also offers an East Asian Studies track, which requires one year of language study and additional course work.

The department provides a wide range of opportunities to its majors, including teaching assistantships, funding for study abroad, and postgraduate opportunities as well. There is more information under the Endowments and Grants section of this site.

These degrees provide excellent preparation for graduate school in related fields, and for many interesting and important careers in fields such as business, government, journalism, and education. Graduates often teach English in Asia for a year or two after graduation. For more information on job opportunities, students can visit the Office of Career Counseling. The After Graduation section of the Japanese Program site has information on postgraduate opportunities related to Japan.

Students with questions about the Asian Studies major are encouraged to speak with the chair or any member of the department.

Click here for the Learning Objectives of the Department of Asian Studies.