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First Year @ U-M

If you are interested in declaring a major in Asian Studies, or a minor in Asian Languages and Cultures or Asian Studies, there are several things you can do during your first year at U-M to prepare yourself to declare one of these programs:

1) Plan to take ASIAN 235: Introduction to Asian Studies in your freshman, if possible. This course is only offered in the Fall term, and is a prerequisite for declaring the Asian Studies major. While this course is not a prerequisite for declaring one of the minors offered through the department, it can be used towards the course requirements for either the Asian Languages and Cultures minor or the Asian Studies minor. ASIAN 235 provides necessary skills to students who have an interest in studying Asia, as well as introducing the faculty and disciplines taught within our department. The course is beneficial whether you end up declaring a major or a minor. 

2) If you are interested in the Asian Studies major or the Asian Languages and Cultures minor, consider which Asian language you would like to study as part of your program, and start taking courses in this language. If you have prior experience studying one of the languages taught within the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and plan to continue studying this language while at UM, take a placement test to determine the language course for which you should register. You should also plan to stop by the Language Resource Center to see what materials they have for your particular language of interest. 

3) Consider attending an Asian Studies Info Session to learn more about the department and the programs of study offered.

4) Review the requirements for completing the Asian Studies major, the Asian Languages and Cultures minor, and the Asian Studies minor on the ALC department website.

5) Make an appointment to speak with an ALC advisor regarding your course selections and your interest in Asian studies. Advising appointments can be very helpful in answering questions, clarifying your path through the program, or getting referrals for campus resources ideal for a student interested in Asian studies.

6) Check the calendar on the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures website to find upcoming campus events that may be relevant to your interests.  You can also check out the relevant Asia Centers in the International Institute, who regularly provide culture-related activities each term.