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Major Requirements

  • Four semesters of either Chinese or Japanese language;
  • Three history courses chosen from the four basic surveys of Chinese and Japanese history;
  • Five other courses, four of which should be concentrated in one of the following areas: Japan; China; History and Politics; or Religion. Two of these five must be a 3000-level seminar which requires a research paper;
  • Senior Evaluation OR participation in a Senior Honors Seminar. Note: only those students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or better in major courses are eligible for this Seminar.

Senior Evaluation
The student must register for the 1-credit Senior Evaluation (ASN 3998) in either semester of senior year.  In consultation with the Chair, student will review past course work and prepare for a two-hour comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. 

Senior Honors seminar/Departmental Honors
To receive departmental honors, the student must have maintained a 3.5 or better G.P.A. in major courses, must register for Senior Honors seminar (ASN 3997) and produce a thesis with a minimum grade of B+. 

Minor Requirements

Five courses taken in one of the following ways:

  • Four semesters of Chinese plus one course on China;
  • Four semesters of Japanese plus one course on Japan;
  • One year of Chinese history plus two courses on China and one other Asian Studies course;
  • One year of Japanese history plus two courses on Japan and one other Asian Studies course. 

The department reserves the right to place the student in a language course commensurate with his or her abilities.  Language courses are designed for the non-native speaker; students with an Asian language background are requested to undergo staff evaluation prior to enrolling in a language course.

Students must achieve at least a C- in a course to get credit for the major or minor.