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Academics: Asian Studies Major

Asian studies major

The Asian studies major program requires that you take only four language courses in an Asian language, and eight courses in Asian culture, history, literature, philosophy, religion or art.

Graduation requirements

To graduate with an Asian studies major, you must take a minimum of at least four language courses and eight culture courses, with three of the latter at the 300 level:

  • East Asian: History 245 or 246
  • Chinese Thought and Culture: Philosophy 225
  • World Religions: Religion 255
  • five culture classes, three of which must be at the 300 level
    (Art 241; History 235, 245, 246, 272, 346, 371;
    Political science 277; Religion 354, 355; Economics 237, when on Asia)
  • four language courses, in the same language
    (Chinese 101/102, 201/202, 301/302, 311/312)
    (Japanese 101/102, 201/202, 301/302, 311/312)

Things to remember:

  • No more than two interims may count toward an Asian studies major

Off-campus programs

  • Calvin semester in China (STCH 203 and 204) may substitute for History 245 or 246 and Philosophy 225
  • The semester program at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU), because its curriculum varies somewhat from year to year, may substitute for such courses as may be decided appropriate by the Asian studies advisor and the Committee for the Asian studies major.