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Asian Studies

Major in Asian Studies

The major is offered as a track within the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. The course requirements are as follows:

Lower-Division Preparation

HIST 130 – Introduction to East Asia (3)
PHIL 175 – Asian Philosophy (3) OR THRS 112 – World Religions (3)
Intermediate Mandarin or Intermediate Japanese, or equivalent; or fourth-semester or equivalent in another Asian language

Major Requirements

12 units of Asian civilizations courses chosen from the following courses:
HIST 343 - The Vietnam Wars (3)
HIST 364 – Topics in Asian History (3)
HIST 365 – History of China (3)
HIST 366 – History of Japan (3)
POLS 358 – Politics in South Asia (3)
POLS 367 – Politics in Japan (3)
POLS 368 – Politics in China (3)
SOCI 351 – China in the 21st Century (3)

Asian civilizations courses offered by the Languages and Literatures department or appropriate upper-division topics courses in these disciplines.

12 units of Asian cultures courses from the following:
ENGL 364 – Postcolonial Studies (3)
ENGL 494 – Special Topics: Sanskrit (3)
MUSC 440 – Topics in World Music (3)
PHIL 476 – Studies in Asian Philosophy (3)
THRS 312 – Hindu Faith and Practice (3)
THRS 314 – Buddhist Faith and Practice (3)
THRS 315 – Islamic Faith and Practice (3)

Asian literatures courses offered by the Languages and Literatures department or appropriate upper-division topics courses in these disciplines

12 units of electives in the Humanities disciplines
HUMN 490 (1) and 495W (3)

Please note that courses offered through the Honors Program, and many courses offered through Study Abroad in Asia may count towards the major. In addition, other courses at USD may be applied. For approval of courses, please see the Asian Studies Coordinator.

For more information, please see:

Interdisciplinary Humanities Web Site

USD Undergraduate Bulletin: Interdisciplinary Humanities