BA in Asian Studies (South and Southeast Asian)

Units required for Major: 361
Total units required for BA: 120

Program Description

Pacific Asia, including the nation states on the Asian shores of the Pacific Rim, the Koreas, Japan, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, and Indonesia, is a region of great economic, political and strategic importance, possessing immense natural and human resources.

The major is designed to provide students with a coherent introduction to the language, history, and culture of Asian societies on the western rim of the Pacific Basin. While focusing on Pacific Asia, the program also supports the study of cultures from the Indian subcontinent and other regions of Asia. Each concentration provides an interdisciplinary understanding of the major social and historical 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 (15 Units)
ART 3ATraditional Asian Art 13
or ART 3B Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
ASIA 198Asia in the World Today3
or HIST 192C Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Asian History
HIST 6Asian Civilizations 13
HRS 70Arts and Ideas of Asia: Ancient to Medieval 13
or HRS 71 Arts and Ideas of Asia: Medieval to Modern
GOVT 1453
or MUSC 119A World Music: Asia
Concentration Requirements (12 Units)
Select four courses from one of the following concentrations:12
Japanese Studies Concentration
Chinese Studies Concentration
South and Southeast Asian Concentration
Korean Studies Concentration
Electives (9 Units)
Select 9 units from three different groupings: 29
Group 1: Japan
Japanese Culture and Society
Cultural History of Japan to 1800
Modern Japan, 1800-present
The History of Manga
Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
Japanese Civilization
Group 2: China
Anthropology of Chinese Societies
Chinese Civilization
Survey of Chinese Literature
China: Antiquity to 1600 AD
China, 1600 to Present
The Classical Culture of China
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Chinese Philosophy
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
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
Geography Of East Asia
Indonesia, 1965: Context, Causes, and Consequences of Cold War Mass Murder
South Asian History & Civilization
The Making of Modern Southeast Asia
History of Buddhism
Religions of India
Philosophies Of India
Group 5: Asian-American
Asian American Literature
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
Anthropology of Contemporary Asia
Asian Art and Mythology
Topics in Asian Art
Art of China and Japan
Modern East Asian Cinema
Geography Of East Asia
History of Buddhism
Introduction to the East Asian World
Zen Buddhism and Daoism
The Confucian Tradition
Women Of The Middle East
Group 7: Advanced Language
Advanced Mandarin: Modern Chinese Fiction
Introduction to Japanese Literature
Language and Culture of the Japanese and the Japanese in America
Language and Culture of the Japanese and the Japanese in America
Advanced Japanese Grammar, Conversation
Group 8: Fieldwork-Internships
Select one of the following:
Internship: Asian Studies
Approved Internships or Fieldwork in other departments
Language Proficiency Requirement
Select from the following courses to fulfill the proficiency requirements: 1,3
Elementary Mandarin
Elementary Mandarin
Intermediate Mandarin
Intermediate Mandarin
Elementary Korean 1A
Elementary Korean 1B
Intermediate Korean 2A
Intermediate Korean 2B
Elementary Japanese
Elementary Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Elementary Punjabi
Elementary Punjabi
Total Units36

Concentration in South and Southeast Asian (12 units)

Select four of the following:12
Peoples of Southeast Asia
Cultures of South Asia
Art of India and Southeast Asia
Genocide in Southeast Asia
Geography Of East Asia
Indonesia, 1965: Context, Causes, and Consequences of Cold War Mass Murder
South Asian History & Civilization
The Making of Modern Southeast Asia
History of Buddhism
Religions of India
Philosophies Of India
Total Units12

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