2022-2023 Catalog 
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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Asia Pacific Studies, MA

Our curriculum explores the cultures, economics, histories, literatures, philosophies, politics, and religions of China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and other countries. Emphasizing the transition from traditional to modern societies-and the emergence of the global Asia Pacific in the 21st century-students pursue subjects of interest while developing skills and knowledge critical to this region. Students select a Humanities/Social Sciences concentration  or Business concentration , and fulfill an integral Asian language component.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the MAPS Program will be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to apply research tools and methods to analyze critically topics within class disciplines and contemporary interdisciplinary fields of Asia Pacific Studies
  • An understanding of sociocultural histories and traditions, political and economic patterns of development, organizational practices and behaviors, and contemporary events as evidenced in the Asia Pacific region. 
  • Oral and written proficiency in an Asian language corresponding to the fourth semester of USF undergraduate courses, or the equivalent level in languages not taught at USF
  • Practical experience in Asia-Pacific related contexts via opportunities for academic and professional development such as internships, fieldwork, conferences, symposia, public programs, class excursions and other types of experiential learning

Major Requirements (28 units)

Curriculum Pattern


All courses are 4 units unless otherwise indicated. Per university and program policy, Asian language courses at fourth semester or below are not included in unit totals required for graduation. See Language Requirements.

Semester II

Students choose a Humanities/Social Sciences or Business concentration and select from the courses below:

Language Requirement

Students with competence in an acceptable Asian language have some flexibility in how they meet the requirement for 4th semester proficiency.

Qualified students may pursue one or more of the following options:

  • Continued study of their target language. 
  • Study of another Asian language. 
  • Verify language proficiency through a placement score, interview, and/or undergraduate transcripts with satisfactory grades or equivalent coursework.

Please note that four units of Asian language studies beyond second-year university level can fulfill four elective units of the 28-unit degree requirement.