Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Asian Studies B.A. – Liberal Arts Emphasis

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Candelaria 0190

Email: HSS@unco.edu

Website: www.unco.edu/hss/world-languages-cultures

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The program in Asian Studies prepares individuals who have a broad understanding of Asia as a region, and in-depth understanding of a particular region of Asia through the study of the languages, history, literatures, arts, and cultures of Asia. Upon completion of this course of study, students will have a highly individualized but broad familiarity with the region, and will also understand the history and culture of Asia, as well as how this history and the various cultures affect its current dynamics.

The program fosters knowledge and study of international, specifically Asian, issues, as well as national and local diversity by inclusion of courses on the Asian Diaspora. Courses in Asian civilizations, literature, history, and the arts train students in Asian culture, and develop their cultural competence. Because the program requires study of Asian languages and encourages study abroad to one of UNC’s direct exchange partner institutions in Asian countries, this program prepares student to work effectively with “diverse populations.”

Students completing this program will have linguistic competence in at least one Asian language, and an understanding in Asian cultures, literature, art and history. Students are further encouraged to take on a minor in other subjects that complement their understanding of Asia, and enable them to continue to graduate studies in Asian studies, or to broaden their career prospects. Suggested minors are: Business Administration, Chinese, Film, Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality, History, or Gender Studies.

Students demonstrate their cultural competence through completion of their senior research project in the ASIA 475, and 61 credit hours of work in Asia-related courses.

Program Admission Requirement:

Academic Good Standing.

Program Requirements:

  • Students must achieve a rating of Intermediate in one Asian language demonstrated through an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).
  • In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements. Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program.

Program Recommendations:

Suggested minors are: Business Administration, Chinese, Film, Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality, History, or Gender Studies.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the 61 required major credits.

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

HIST 113 (3) is recommended to fulfill History requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 61 credits

Take the following courses:

HIST 112Asian Civilization I: From Prehistory to 1500LAH1

3

HIST 113Asian Civilizations II: From 1500 to the PresentLAH1

3

ASIA 475Research Seminar

3

Choose six credits from the following courses:

ASIA 216South and Southeast Asian LiteratureLAA2LAIS

3

CHIN 216Masterpieces in Chinese LiteratureLAA2LAIS

3

ENG 236Ethnic American LiteratureLAA2LAMS

3

ENG 262Masterpieces of World LiteratureLAA2LAIS

3

Advisor approval is required prior to registering for ENG 236 and ENG 262, which can only count toward this requirement if at least 1/3 of the course focuses on Asia.

Choose six credits from the following courses:

HIST 307History to China to 1500

3

HIST 310History of China Since 1500

3

HIST 311History of Japan

3

Language Requirement: 28 credits in Asian languages

Students may divide the 28 credits among more than one Asian language, but must also achieve at least intermediate level proficiency in one Asian language, demonstrated through the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) through Language Testing International. The following language courses are acceptable:

CHIN 101Elementary Chinese I

5

CHIN 102Elementary Chinese II

5

CHIN 201Intermediate Chinese ILAA4LAIS

3

CHIN 202Intermediate Chinese IILAA4LAIS

3

CHIN 301China and the Chinese

3

CHIN 302China and the Chinese II

3

CHIN 311Introduction to Literary Chinese

3

CHIN 313Chinese Cinema

3

CHIN 395Topics in Modern China

3

CHIN 407Chinese for Oral Proficiency

3

CHIN 450Modern Chinese Literature

3

CHIN 495Topics in Traditional China

3

JAPN 101Elementary Japanese I

5

JAPN 102Elementary Japanese II

5

JAPN 201Intermediate Japanese ILAA4LAIS

3

JAPN 202Intermediate Japanese IILAA4LAIS

3

JAPN 301Japan and the Japanese I

3

JAPN 302Japan and the Japanese II

3

JAPN 407Japanese for Oral Proficiency

3

JAPN 450Japanese Literature

3

FL 195Elementary World Language

5

Note: FL 195 must be in an approved Asian language to count towards Asian Studies.

Choose 12 additional credits from the following list, or from any other group of required Asian Studies courses listed above:

ANT 313Anthropology of Globalization

3

ART 484Asian Art History

3

ASIA 116State, Society, and Culture in Contemporary AsiaLAB3LAIS

3

ASIA 499Asian Studies Thesis

3

CHIN 116Introduction to Chinese CivilizationLAB3LAIS

3

GEOG 218Emerging AsiaLAB2LAIS

3

GNDR 285Gender in the Contemporary Global OrderLAB3LAIS

3

JAPN 116Contemporary Japan

3

MIND 181Great Traditions of Asia: India, China and JapanLAA3LAIS

3

MIND 281Modernity in AsiaLAA1LAIS

3

MUS 248Asian Musical CultureLAA1LAIS

3

PHIL 246Early Chinese Philosophy

3

PSCI 319Asian Politics

3

Advisor approval is required prior to registering for the following courses, which can only count toward this requirement if at least 1/3 of the course focuses on Asia. A course adjustment form will need to be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for courses approved from this list.

ANT 408Workshop in Anthropology

3-12

ANT 470Seminar in Anthropology

3

ASIA 392Internship in Asian Studies

2- 5

FL 296Study Abroad Experience

3

FL 395Special Topics

1- 4

FILM 320Special Topics in Film

3

HIST 395Topics in History

3

PHIL 300Topics in Philosophy

3

ANT 313, ANT 408, ANT 470, HIST 395, PHIL 300, and PSCI 319 have prerequisites outside of the major requirements.

3. University-Wide Credits — 28 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for any degree at UNC; for this program, that will typically be 28 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.