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Asian Studies Major

Effective Fall 2020

Advising

Appointments are scheduled on the department's online advising calendar. Please go to www.lsa.umich.edu/asian for more information.

Students who have a formal or informal interest in Asian Studies are encouraged to consult a department advisor.

Grade Policies

No course will count toward the major unless the student receives a grade of C- or better.

Prerequisites

None

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 34

Asian Studies Language Requirement

All majors must have fourth-term proficiency in an Asian language taught within the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Majors are strongly encouraged to continue their language training beyond the second-year requirement. The Asian language used to meet this requirement will define the student’s regional specialization.


These credits do not count toward the credits needed for the major.

Required Courses

All courses used toward the major, except those courses used to acquire a second Asian language, must be at the 200-level or above. 


Students must take 1) ASIAN 235: Introduction to Asian Studies; 2) ASIAN 381: Junior/Senior Seminar for Majors; and 3) eight or more elective courses. At least four elective courses in ASIAN or ASIANLAN must be at the 300-level or above (excluding ASIAN 381), one of which must be at the 400-level or above.

Sub-major requirement 

In consultation with a department advisor majors must take at least 4 300-level or above elective ASIAN or ASIANLAN courses (excluding ASIAN 381) focused on or related to the sub-major: Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies. The Asian language used to satisfy the language requirement will determine the individual student’s sub-major.

Optional cognate

Students have the option of electing one course (up to four credits) from outside of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.


The plan for the major is designed in consultation with and approved by a department advisor.

Residency

At least 5 courses must be elected on the Ann Arbor campus, or an Ann Arbor campus extension that is taught by Ann Arbor faculty. This includes Camp Davis, Biological Station, Michigan-in-Washington, but NOT STDABRD.

Honors

Candidates for Honors must complete all regular requirements for the major, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and at least 3.5 in courses elected as part of the major. They must also demonstrate the ability to do original work by writing an Honors thesis and must elect ASIAN 395: Writing an Honors Thesis. Recommendations for the designation of "Honors," "High Honors," and "Highest Honors" in Asian Studies are made on the basis of the student's performance in departmental Honors courses and the quality of the student's Honors thesis.

Asian Studies (Major) (Fall 2017 - Summer 2020)

Effective Fall 2017

Advising

Appointments are scheduled on the department's online advising calendar. Please go to www.lsa.umich.edu/asian for more information.

Students who have a formal or informal interest in Asian Studies are encouraged to consult a department advisor.

Grade Policies

No course will count toward the major unless the student receives a grade of C- or better.

Prerequisites

  1. One year (or first-year proficiency) of an Asian language taught in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.
  2. ASIAN 235: Introduction to Asian Studies.*

*ASIAN 235 must be completed before declaring the major.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30

Asian Studies Language Requirement

All majors must have fourth-term proficiency in an Asian language appropriate to their submajor. Majors are strongly encouraged to continue their language training beyond the second year requirement. This is particularly important, if not essential, for students contemplating a graduate program in an Asian field.

These credits do not count toward the credits needed for the major.

Required Courses

Course Requirements

30 credits at the 200-level and above, 15 of which must be at the 300-level or above.  The plan for the major is designed in consultation with and approved by, a department advisor.

Submajor requirement

At least 15 credits in courses in the student’s submajor (e.g., South Asian Studies). Students are encouraged to plan their submajor courses in relation to a field of study, if one has been chosen. Up to 10 credits from language courses at the 300 level or above may be counted toward the submajor requirement. 5 credits or more must be taken in Asian Studies in the student’s submajor; classical languages (Sanskrit, Classical Japanese, Classical Chinese, Javanese, Old Tibetan) may be used to satisfy this portion of the requirement.

Breadth requirement [9 credits]

      1. ASIAN 381: Research Seminar for Majors.
      2. At least six credits from either or both of the following two categories:
        • Courses exclusively focused on one of the submajors outside the student's chosen submajor, (e.g., a student in the Korean Studies submajor could elect ASIAN 210, The Philippines: Culture and History),
          or
        • Trans-regional courses focused on more than one of the submajors (which could include the student's submajor) (e.g., ASIAN 220: Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions, or ASIAN 367: Languages of Asia).

Cognate requirement At least 6 credits elected outside the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures from either or both of the following categories:

    1. theory or methodology courses that are focused on either the student’s chosen field of study or on a discipline complementary to the study of Asia (e.g., Statistics, Linguistics, Social Theory), or
    2. courses in the student’s chosen submajor, but taken in a department other than Asian Languages and Cultures.

Residency

At least 15 credits of the 30 required credits must be taken in residence at the University of Michigan.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the ASIAN and ASIANLAN subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Candidates for Honors must complete all regular requirements for the major, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and at least 3.5 in courses elected as part of the major. They must also demonstrate the ability to do original work by writing an Honors thesis and must elect the appropriate Honors course(s). Recommendations for the designation of "Honors," "High Honors," and "Highest Honors" in Asian Studies are made on the basis of the student's performance in departmental Honors courses and the quality of the student's Honors thesis.

Asian Studies (Major) (Fall 2015 - Summer 2017)

Effective Fall 2015

Advising

Appointments are scheduled on the department's online advising calendar. Please go to www.lsa.umich.edu/asian for more information.

Students who have a formal or informal interest in Asian Studies are encouraged to consult a department advisor.

Prerequisites

  1. One year (or first-year proficiency) of an Asian language taught in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.
  2. ASIAN 235: Introduction to Asian Studies.*

*ASIAN 235 must be completed before declaring the major.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30

Asian Studies Language Requirement

All majors must have fourth-term proficiency in an Asian language appropriate to their submajor. Majors are strongly encouraged to continue their language training beyond the second year requirement. This is particularly important, if not essential, for students contemplating a graduate program in an Asian field.

These credits do not count toward the credits needed for the major.

Required Courses

Course Requirements

30 credits at the 200-level and above, 15 of which must be at the 300-level or above.  The plan for the major is designed in consultation with and approved by, a department advisor.

Submajor requirement

At least 15 credits in courses in the student’s submajor (e.g., South Asian Studies). Students are encouraged to plan their submajor courses in relation to a field of study, if one has been chosen. Up to 10 credits from language courses at the 300 level or above may be counted toward the submajor requirement. 5 credits or more must be taken in Asian Studies in the student’s submajor; classical languages (Sanskrit, Classical Japanese, Classical Chinese, Javanese, Old Tibetan) may be used to satisfy this portion of the requirement.

Breadth requirement [9 credits]

      1. ASIAN 381: Research Seminar for Majors.
      2. At least six credits from either or both of the following two categories:
        1. Courses exclusively focused on one of the submajors outside the student's chosen submajor, (e.g., a student in the Korean Studies submajor could elect ASIAN 210, The Philippines: Culture and History),
          or
        2. Trans-regional courses focused on more than one of the submajors (which could include the student's submajor) (e.g., ASIAN 220: Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions, or ASIAN 367: Languages of Asia).

Cognate requirement At least 6 credits elected outside the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures from either or both of the following categories:

    1. theory or methodology courses that are focused on either the student’s chosen field of study or on a discipline complementary to the study of Asia (e.g., Statistics, Linguistics, Social Theory), or
    2. courses in the student’s chosen submajor, but taken in a department other than Asian Languages and Cultures.

Constraints

Thirty required credits must be at the 200-level and above, 15 of which must be at the 300-level or above.

Residency

At least 15 credits of the 30 required credits must be taken in residence at the University of Michigan.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the ASIAN and ASIANLAN subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

Candidates for Honors must complete all regular requirements for the major, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and at least 3.5 in courses elected as part of the major. They must also demonstrate the ability to do original work by writing an Honors thesis and must elect the appropriate Honors course(s). Recommendations for the designation of "Honors," "High Honors," and "Highest Honors" in Asian Studies are made on the basis of the student's performance in departmental Honors courses and the quality of the student's Honors thesis.

Asian Studies Major (Fall 2013-Summer 2015)

Effective Date: Fall 2013-Summer 2015

May be elected as a departmental major

The major in Asian Studies offers students an opportunity to pursue interests in the traditional and modern civilizations of Asia. The particular courses to be counted toward the major will depend on the individual student’s submajor. Students choose a submajor and then have the option to additionally focus on a field of study. An intellectually coherent combination of fields is permitted.

Submajors: 

Suggested Fields of Study:

Chinese Studies
Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies

Cultural Studies
Film
Gender Studies
History/Civilization
Linguistics

Literature
Philosophy
Performing Arts
Religion
Visual Culture

Prerequisites to the Major

One year (or first-year proficiency) of an Asian language taught in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Requirements for the Major

Asian Studies Language Requirement

All majors must have fourth-term proficiency in an Asian language appropriate to their submajor. Majors are strongly encouraged to continue their language training beyond the second year requirement. This is particularly important, if not essential, for students contemplating a graduate program in an Asian field.

Required Courses

Course Requirements

30 credits at the 200-level and above, 15 of which must be at the 300-level or above. (At least 15 credits must be taken in residence at the University of Michigan.) The plan for the major is designed in consultation with, and approved by, a department advisor.

Submajor requirement

At least 15 credits in courses in the student’s sub-concentration (e.g., South Asian Studies). Students are encouraged to plan their sub-concentration courses in relation to a field of study, if one has been chosen. Up to 10 credits from language courses at the 300 level or above may be counted toward the submajor requirement. 5 credits or more must be taken in Asian Studies in the student’s submajor; classical languages (Sanskrit, Classical Japanese, Classical Chinese, Javanese, Old Tibetan) may be used to satisfy this portion of the requirement.

Breadth requirement [9 credits]

  1. ASIAN 381, Junior/Senior Seminar for Majors.
  2. At least six credits from either or both of the following two categories:
    1. Courses exclusively focused on one of the submajors outside the student's chosen submajor, (e.g., a student in the Korean Studies submajor could elect ASIAN 210, The Philippines: Culture and History),
      or
    2. Trans-regional courses focused on more than one of the submajors (which could include the student's submajor) (e.g., ASIAN 220, Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions, or ASIAN 367, Languages of Asia).

Cognate requirement

At least 6 credits elected outside the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures from either or both of the following categories:

  1. theory or methodology courses in the student's chosen field that are focused on a discipline rather than on Asia (e.g., a student in the Japanese Studies submajor whose field is linguistics could elect the course LING 210, Introduction to Linguistic Analysis)
    or
  2. courses in the student's chosen submajor, but outside the student's chosen field(e.g., the same student could elect the course HISTORY 451, Japan Since 1700).

Honors Plan

Candidates for  Honors  must complete all regular requirements for the major, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and at least 3.5 in courses elected as part of the major. They must also demonstrate the ability to do original work by writing an Honors thesis and must elect the appropriate Honors course(s). Recommendations for the designation of "Honors," "High Honors," and "Highest Honors" in Asian Studies are made on the basis of the student's performance in departmental Honors courses and the quality of the student's Honors thesis.

Asian Studies Major (Fall 2010-Summer 2013)

Effective Date: Fall 2010-Summer 2013)

May be elected as a departmental major

The major in Asian Studies offers students an opportunity to pursue interests in the traditional and modern civilizations of Asia. The particular courses to be counted toward the major will depend on the individual student's submajor and field. Students choose a submajor and then focus on a field of study.

Sub-majors: 

Suggested Fields of Study:

Chinese Studies
Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies

Cultural Studies
Film
Gender Studies
History/Civilization
Linguistics

Literature
Philosophy
Performing Arts
Religion
Visual Culture

Prerequisites to the Major

One year (or first-year proficiency) of an Asian language taught in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Requirements for the Major

Asian Studies Language Requirement

All majors must have fourth-term proficiency in an Asian language appropriate to their sub-major. Majors are strongly encouraged to continue their language training beyond the second year requirement. This is particularly important, if not essential, for students contemplating a graduate program in an Asian field.

Required Courses

Course Requirements

30 credits at the 200-level and above, 15 of which must be at the 300-level or above. (At least 15 credits must be taken in residence at the University of Michigan.) The plan for the major is designed in consultation with, and approved by, a department advisor.

Sub-major requirement.

At least 15 credits in courses in the student's sub-major (e.g., South Asian Studies). Students are encouraged to plan their sub-courses for the major in relation to a chosen field of study. Up to 10 credits from language courses at the 300 level or above may be counted toward the sub-major requirement. 5 credits or more must be taken in Asian Studies in the student's submajor; classical languages (Sanskrit, Classical Japanese, Classical Chinese, Javanese, Old Tibetan) may be used to satisfy this portion of the requirement.

Breadth requirement [9 credits]

  1. ASIAN 381, Junior/Senior Seminar for Majors.
  2. At least six credits from either or both of the following two categories:
    1. Courses exclusively focused on one of the sub-majors outside the student's chosen sub-major,(e.g., a student in the Korean Studies sub-major could elect ASIAN 210, The Philippines: Culture and History),

      or
    2. Trans-regional courses focused on more than one of the sub-majors (which could include the student's sub-major) (e.g., ASIAN 220, Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions, or ASIAN 367, Languages of Asia).

Cognate requirement

At least 6 credits elected outside the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures from either or both of the following categories:

  1. theory or methodology courses in the student's chosen field that are focused on a discipline rather than on Asia (e.g., a student in the Japanese Studies sub-major whose field is linguistics could elect the course LING 210, Introduction to Linguistic Analysis),

    or
  2. courses in the student's chosen sub-major, but outside the student's chosen field (e.g., the same student could elect the course HISTORY 451, Japan Since 1700).

Honors Plan

Candidates for  Honors  must complete all regular requirements for the major, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and at least 3.5 in courses elected as part of the major. They must also demonstrate the ability to do original work by writing an Honors thesis and must elect the appropriate Honors course(s). Recommendations for the designation of "Honors," "High Honors," and "Highest Honors" in Asian Studies are made on the basis of the student's performance in departmental Honors courses and the quality of the student's Honors thesis.