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Academic Programs

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies draws on the resources of multiple departments and programs at the University, including: Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Economics, Geography, History, Journalism and Media Studies, Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology and Women's Studies. In addition to core courses in the Asian Studies curriculum the center advocates for the teaching of Asian languages and content courses throughout the university.

Asian language options include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tagalog, but also may be satisfied by Vietnamese, Indonesian, Polynesian, Hawaiian and other languages of Asia.

Non-majors who wish to increase their knowledge about Asia will find many courses available that also fulfill the General Education Requirements.

Degrees Offered

B.A. in Liberal Arts in Sciences

Preparation for the Major (6 units)
  • ASIAN 100 - State and Society in the Asia Pacific (3 units)
  • ASIAN 101 - Asian Thought and Cultures (3 units)
Major (27 units)

A minimum of 27 upper division units of Asian Studies courses numbered 300-599.

Courses from other departments [or cross-listed courses] acceptable for the Asian Studies major include:

  • CHIN 496 - Topics in Chinese Studies (1-4 units)
  • CHIN 499 - Special Study (1-3 units)
  • FILIP 460 - Contemporary Issues in Filipino-American Communities (3 units) (also listed as ASIAN 460)
  • HIST 420 - Asian History to 1600 (3 units)
  • HIST 421 - Asian History Since 1600 (3 units) (also listed as ASIAN 421)
  • HIST 422 - Asian American Experiences (3 units) (also listed as ASIAN 422)
  • HIST 566 - Ancient and Imperial China (3 units)
  • HIST 567 - China in Revolution (3 units)
  • HIST 570 - Modern Japan: From Samurai to Sony (3 units)
  • HIST 574 - Arab-Israeli Relations, Past and Present (3 units)
  • JAPAN 421 - Japanese Literature Through Text and Film (3 units) ^
  • JAPAN 496 - Topics in Japanese Studies (1-4 units)
  • JAPAN 499 - Special Study (1-3 units)
  • KOR 321 - Korean Civilization (3 units) (also listed as ASIAN 321)
  • KOR 430 - Contemporary Korean Culture Through Media (3 units) (also listed as ASIAN 430)
  • PHIL 351 - Chinese Philosophy (3 units) (also listed as ASIAN 351)
  • PHIL 353 - Buddhist Philosophy (3 units)
  • PHIL 516 - Global Aesthetics (3 units) *
  • PHIL 565 - Asian Philosophies (3 units)
  • PHIL 575 - A Major Philosopher (3 units) *
  • POL S 362 - Governments and Politics of East Asia (3 units)
  • POL S 365 - Chinese Politics (3 units)
  • POL S 575 - International Relations of the Pacific Rim (3 units) ^
  • REL S 338 - Buddhism (B) (3 units)
  • REL S 339 - Religions of India (B) (3 units)
  • REL S 345 - Religions of East Asia (B) (3 units)
  • REL S 581 - Major Theme (A) (B) (C) (D) (3 units) *
  • REL S 583 - Major Tradition (A) (B) (C) (D) (3 units) *
  • REL S 596 - Advanced Topics in Religious Studies (A) (B) (C) (D) (1-3 units) *
  • WMNST 331 - Women in Asian Societies (3 units)

Note:
Other Asian-content courses may be applied to the major with written approval of the undergraduate adviser.

*Acceptable when of relevant content.

^Indicates course with prerequisites not included in requirements listed above.

Please see the SDSU Catalog for further graduation requirements.

Close to one quarter of humanity lives in China, as has been the case for most of human history. Two of the world’s major religions originated in China, as did key technologies ranging from paper and porcelain manufacturing to gunpowder and the magnetic compass. China’s literature, art, poetry, and love of history are also world famous. In the 21st century, China’s economic growth and increasing political clout play a crucial role in world affairs. An increasing number of Americans are discovering the importance of learning about and engaging with China and Chinese diaspora communities. The emphasis in Chinese studies and language seeks to provide student with facility in the Chinese language and with a broad understanding of Chinese philosophy, religion, art, history, economics, politics, and geography.

Students selecting this emphasis may choose either Track (a) Chinese Studies or Track (b) Chinese Language.

Preparation for the Major (29 units)

The Chinese language courses can be satisfied by examination or completion of CHIN 202 See adviser.

  • ASIAN 100 - State and Society in the Asia Pacific (3 units)
  • ASIAN 101 - Asian Thought and Cultures (3 units)
  • CHIN 101 - Elementary Chinese I (5 units)
  • CHIN 102 - Elementary Chinese II (5 units)
  • CHIN 201 - Intermediate Chinese I (5 units)
  • CHIN 202 - Intermediate Chinese II (5 units)
  • One Course Selected from:
    • ANTH 102 - Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology (3 units)
    • GEOG 102 - People, Places, and Environments (3 units)
    • HIST 101 - World History (3 units)
    • LING 101 - Introduction to Language (3 units)
    • POL S 103 - Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 units)
    • REL S 101 - World Religions (3 units)
Track A: Chinese Studies, B.A. in Applied Arts and Sciences 

A minimum of 24 upper division units in Chinese studies to include:

  • ASIAN 351 - Chinese Philosophy (also listed as PHIL 351) (3 units)
  • HIST 566 - Ancient and Imperial China (3 units)
  • HIST 567 - China in Revolution (3 units)
  • POL S 362 - Governments and Politics of East Asia (3 units)
  • POL S 365 - Chinese Politics (3 units)
  • Nine Units Selected from:
  • ASIAN 421 - Asian History Since 1600 (also listed as HIST 421) (3 units)
  • ASIAN 499 - Special Study (1-3 units)
  • COMM 496 - Experimental Topics (1-4 units) *
  • HIST 420 - Asian History to 1600 (3 units)
  • HIST 435 - History Through Film (3 units) *
  • JMS 450 - Media and Culture (3 units) *
  • POL S 575 - International Relations of the Pacific Rim (3 units)
  • REL S 338 - Buddhism (B) (3 units)
  • REL S 345 - Religions of East Asia (B) (3 units)

Note:
*Acceptable when of relevant content.

Track B: Chinese Language, B.A. in Applied Arts and Sciences

A minimum of 24 upper division units to include:

  • CHIN 301 - Advanced Chinese I (3 units)
  • CHIN 302 - Advanced Chinese II (3 units)
  • CHIN 431 - Advanced Conversational Chinese (3 units)
  • CHIN 433 - News Media Chinese (3 units)
  • CHIN 434 - Business Chinese (3 units)
  • CHIN 496 - Topics in Chinese Studies (1-4 units) *(three units)
  • Six Units Selected from:
    • ASIAN 351 - Chinese Philosophy (3 units) (also listed as PHIL 351)
    • HIST 567 - China in Revolution (3 units)
    • POL S 365 - Chinese Politics (3 units)

Note:
 *Acceptable when of relevant content.

Please see the SDSU Catalog for further graduation requirements.

The minor in Asian studies consists of a minimum of 18 units to include:

  • ASIAN 100 - State and Society in the Asia Pacific (3 units)
  • ASIAN 101 - Asian Thought and Cultures (3 units)
  • Any combination of 12 units of upper division courses in Asian studies, in Asian-content courses approved for the major, or upper division courses approved by the undergraduate adviser.

Courses in the minor may not be counted toward the major, but may be used to satisfy preparation for the major and general education requirements, if applicable. A minimum of six upper division units must be completed in residence at San Diego State University.

This program is currently unavailable.

The minor in Chinese studies consists of a minimum of 15 units to include:

  • ASIAN 100 - State and Society in the Asia Pacific (3 units) or ASIAN 101 - Asian Thought and Cultures (3 units)
  • ASIAN 351 - Chinese Philosophy (3 units) (also listed as PHIL 351)
  • HIST 567 - China in Revolution (3 units)
  • POL S 365 - Chinese Politics (3 units)
  • Three units selected from:
    • HIST 566 - Ancient and Imperial China (3 units)
    • REL S 499 - Special Study (A) (B) (C) (D) (1-3 units)
    • Another upper division course with appropriate focus on China, with approval of minor adviser.

Courses in the minor may not be counted toward the major, but may be used to satisfy preparation for the major and general education requirements, if applicable. A minimum of six upper division units must be completed in residence at San Diego State University.

The minor in Japan studies consists of a minimum of 12 units of upper division courses selected from:

  • ASIAN 458 - Asian Traditions (3 units) (also listed as REL S 458 (B))
  • HIST 570 - Modern Japan: From Samurai to Sony (3 units)
  • JAPAN 499 - Special Study (1-3 units)
  • POL S 362 - Governments and Politics of East Asia (3 units)
  • REL S 341 - Zen and the Way of Japanese Religions (D) (3 units)
  • REL S 345 - Religions of East Asia (B) (3 units)
  • Other upper division courses in a department with appropriate content on Japan, with approval of minor adviser.

Courses in the minor may not be counted toward the major, but may be used to satisfy preparation for the major and general education requirements, if applicable. A minimum of six upper division units must be completed in residence at San Diego State University.

 

Advising

Michelle Lenoue
Student Success Advisor
Email: [email protected]

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