BA in Asian Studies

Units required for Major: 39-431
Total units required for BA: 120

Our Asian Studies Program geographically encompasses East Asia (China/Taiwan, Japan, the Koreas, and Mongolia), Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), and South Asia (Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). We offer in depth examinations of particular countries while also analyzing transnational issues that connect Asia, other regions, and the rest of the world including the United States. Students may also find interest in minors in Korean Studies and South and Southeast Asian Studies or in Chinese or Japanese language.

The major is designed to provide students with a coherent introduction to the language, history, and culture of these Asian societies and to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the major social and political forces at work in the region, supported by appropriate language training. Graduates of the program either continue their studies at graduate institutions or utilize their knowledge and training through employment in government, business or education relating to this increasingly important region of the world.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements (6 Units)
ASIA 1Asia in the World Today3
ASIA 198Modernity and Globalization in Asia 3
Foundational Core (6 Units)
Select two of the following:6
Traditional Asian Art 1
Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
Asian Civilizations 1
Arts and Ideas of Asia: Ancient to Medieval 1
Arts and Ideas of Asia: Medieval to Modern
Culminating Core (6 Units)
Select two of the following:6
Anthropology of Contemporary Asia
Asian Diaspora and Migration
Asian Politics
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Asian History
Electives (21-25 Units)
Select seven courses (minimum 21 units) from the following groups: 221 - 25
Group 1: China
Anthropology of Chinese Societies
US-China Relations
Intermediate Mandarin
Intermediate Mandarin
Advanced Mandarin: Modern Chinese Fiction
Chinese Civilization
Survey of Chinese Literature
China: Antiquity to 1600 AD
China, 1600 to Present
The Classical Culture of China
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Tai Chi
Martial Arts: Tai Chi
Chinese Philosophy
Group 2: Japan
Japanese Culture and Society
The Way of Chanoyu: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Japanese Tea Gathering
Cultural History of Japan to 1800
Modern Japan, 1800-present
The History of Manga
Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
Intermediate Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Introduction to Japanese Literature
Third Year Japanese 1 - Language and Culture of Japan
Language and Culture of the Japanese and the Japanese in America
Japanese Civilization
Introduction to Japanese Popular Culture
Advanced Japanese Grammar, Conversation
Beginning Judo
Uechi-Ryu Karate
Martial Arts: Karate
Group 3: Korea
History of Korea: Antiquity to Present
Contemporary Korean Culture
Korean Development and Behavior
Art of Korea
Education and Communication in Korean Society
Beginning Tae Kwon Do
Martial Arts: Tae Kwon Do
Intermediate Korean 2A
Intermediate Korean 2B
Group 4: South and South-East Asia
Peoples of Southeast Asia
Cultures of South Asia
Art of India and Southeast Asia
Genocide in Southeast Asia
Indonesia, 1965: Context, Causes, and Consequences of Cold War Mass Murder
South Asian History & Civilization
History of Buddhism
The Making of Modern Southeast Asia
Religions of India
Religions of India I: The Formative Period
India's Religions: Jains & Sikhs
The Hindu Year: Fall
The Hindu Year: Spring
Philosophies Of India
Sex & Gender in South Asia
Group 5: Asian-American
Asian American Literature
Introduction to Asian American Studies
The Asian American Experience
Southeast Asians in the US
Contemporary Asian American Issues
Asian American Communities
Asian Americans and Globalization
Asian American Politics and Public Policy
Asian American Women
The Filipino American Experience
Hmong American Experience
Sikh Americans and Globalization
Asian American Families: Issues and Perspectives
Group 6: Pan-Asia
Traditional Asian Art
Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
Asian Art and Mythology
Topics in Asian Art
Art of China and Japan
Anthropology of Contemporary Asia
Asian Diaspora and Migration
Travel Study in Asia
Internship: Asian Studies
Modern East Asian Cinema
Geography Of East Asia
Asian Civilizations
History of Buddhism
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Asian History
Arts and Ideas of Asia: Ancient to Medieval
Arts and Ideas of Asia: Medieval to Modern
Introduction to the East Asian World
Zen Buddhism and Daoism
The Confucian Tradition
World Music: Asia
Asian Politics
Asian Societies
Language Study
Language proficiency is not required for the major; however, students are highly encouraged to study an Asian language.
Total Units39-43

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (3 Units)
C1 - Arts 20
C2 - Humanities 20
C1/C2 - Area C Course 20
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (12 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units40

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI)3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (6 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 2,30