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Courses in this program are listed under ASIA and CHIN and JPNS and KORE.
The Asian Studies program (major, minor, upper-division certificate) enables students to explore the history, culture, languages and literatures, societies, politics, economics, philosophy, art and music of Asia. The combination of foreign language and area studies across a number of disciplines History, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Political Science, Economics, English, American Studies, Music and Philosophy will introduce undergraduates to the knowledge, language skills and research methods specific to those disciplines and help to prepare them for various professional paths related to Asia. Asian Studies is an increasingly relevant academic program for the 21st century, particularly given Asia’s considerable economic, political, military and cultural impact across the globe.
The UMBC Asian Studies Program draws upon a faculty of over twenty specialists, from ten different departments. These include internationally recognized scholars who take teaching as seriously as they do research as well as skilled language instructors. The program’s faculty also help students learn how to apply the knowledge and analytical skills gained through the study of Asia to satisfying careers and life-long learning.
Career and Academic Paths
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Asian Studies consists of 37 credits distributed as follows:
A. Core Courses (6 credits)
- ASIA 100 Introduction to Asian Studies
- HIST 103 East Asian Civilization (C)
B. Language (minimum 16 credits)
CHIN 101, 102, 201, 202
JAPN 101, 102, 201, 202
KORE 101, 102, 201, 202
Students placing at a level higher than 101 are still required to take a minimum of sixteen credits of language through study at the 300-level.
Students who test out of the language requirement through Advanced Placement (AP) exam, currently available only for Chinese and Japanese, or students who receive equivalency for the 201-level proficiency requirement (please refer to the section on language requirements: http://www.umbc.edu/asianstudies/degreeoptions.html), may complete the language requirements for a second Asian language or take the equivalent number of additional elective credits.
Elective Courses (15 credits)
Electives must be in three different disciplines (e.g. HIST, ECON, PHIL).
No grade lower than “C” in any course will be counted toward the major with the exception of ASIA 399 (a P/F course). Students may apply up to 3 credits earned in ASIA 399 as elective credits for the Asian Studies major.
Minor and Certificate Programs
Recognizing that a basic understanding of Asia is a crucial component of an undergraduate education in any field, the program offers a minor and upper-level certificate in Asian Studies.
Minor Program (18-21 credits)
Required Course (3 credits)
Elective Courses (15-18 credits)
Students may include up to two semesters of an Asian language for elective credit.
No grade lower than a “C” in any course will be counted towards the minor.
Upper-Division Certificate Program
Fifteen credits required at the 300-400 level (no language required).
No grade lower than a “C” in any course will be counted towards the certificate.
Special Opportunities: Internships
All students are encouraged to participate in the Asian Studies Student Council. The council meets monthly for lectures and informal discussions on historical topics and careers. The council also sponsors guest speakers and field trips to museums and historic sites.
Students are also encouraged to participate in any of the activities of a wide variety of student organizations related to Asia, cultural/ethnic organizations (e.g., Asian Students Connection, Japanese Culture Club) and those involving hobbies, sport or general interest (e.g., Anime Society, Jujitsu Club, Tea Empire). For more information, please visit the Asian Studies website: http://www.umbc.edu/asianstudies/students.html.