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

Asian Studies Major

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Our programs advance understanding of the increasingly powerful countries of Asia by focusing not only on the structures of society - its histories, laws, economies, and governments - but also on the religious, philosophical, artistic, and intellectual foundations for these structures.

We emphasize the relationship between natural and man-made environments, as well as the USF’s commitment to social justice, ethics, and human rights.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Articulate fundamental issues and themes for the study and understanding of Asian cultures and societies
  • Analyze both a specific region of Asia and an Asia-related topic using interdisciplinary perspectives and methods, including information in either Chinese, Japanese, or Tagalog
  • Demonstrate understanding of how topics related to social justice such as human rights, environmental sustainability, and ethical consideration impact both people and policy within Asian societies

Major Requirements (40 units)

All courses used to satisfy major requirements must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of C or better.

Gateway Courses (16 units)

Students take one Gateway course from each of the following areas at the very beginning of their degree program. These gateway courses may “double-count” to meet other University requirements. Two of these gateway courses must be completed before taking ANST 300.

Asian Studies Proseminar (4 units)

This course is required for all majors.

Electives (16 units)

Four courses, chosen in consultation with an adviser, will help students focus on and develop intermediate expertise in particular regions, countries, or topics. The major encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to the student’s specific area of interest.

Capstone Project (4 units)

The Asian Studies major is completed through the Capstone Project in the final year of the major. Students will converge on the study of selected issues and topics, to be determined by the professor (or professors) in charge. The requirement is typically satisfied by ANST 398. Topics and themes providing interdisciplinary and inter-regional breadth for all majors in Asian Studies include the following: 

  • Cinema of India/China/Japan/SE Asia
  • Migration and Immigration
  • The Changing Family in Asia
  • Contemporary Asian Writers
  • Inter-Asian Political Relations
  • Asian Popular Culture
  • Asian Ways of Dying, Death, and Salvation
  • Rural-urban Migrations
  • Environmental Issues
  • Technological Change in Asia

Language Study

The first three semesters of language study fulfill the language requirement for the College of Arts and Sciences and thus are not included in the total number of units required for the Asian Studies major. Language classes beyond the third semester may count toward the major as electives upon consultation with the program director.

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