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The Asian Studies major combines language training with interdisciplinary study of an Asian region or single country. The program emphasizes social science approaches to the study of history, culture and society, with provision for study of literature and the arts as well.
Students who major in Asian Studies choose one of six concentrations. To link to requirements click on an concentration below.
Information on the degree requirements and contributing faculty for the first five concentrations (China, Japan, Korea, South Asia, and Southeast Asia) are described on individual flyers available in the Office of Student Services, Jackson School of International Studies, 111 Thomson Hall, and may be viewed through the links above by clicking on each option.
The sixth concentration, Asian Studies (General), provides the opportunity for a different approach to the study of Asia. In the general concentration, the courses in the elective portion of the major need not focus on a single country or even a single region, but may be chosen with other goals in mind—for example, to provide a broad overview of Asia, or to provide an in-depth investigation of a theme or topic (politics, social change, economic development) across a range of Asian societies. Also, students may select any appropriate Asian language to fulfill the two-year requirement without regard to how their other course work is distributed.
Any undergraduate in good standing may declare Asian Studies (General) as a major.
30 credits or second-year equivalent language training in an Asian language (Bengali, Chinese, Filipino/Tagalog, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Sanskrit, Thai, Tibetan, Urdu, Vietnamese).
A minimum grade of 2.0 in all courses counted toward the major is required, except for first- and second-year language courses, where grades must average at least 2.00. Thirty of the credits required for the concentration courses must be taken in residence at the University of Washington.
Overlapping credits: A maximum of 15 credits that are used to fulfill minimum requirements of any other UW major can be counted in this major.
Lists of courses approved for the country and regional concentrations are available in the Jackson School Office of Student Services in Thomson 111 and by following
Undergraduates also may choose a minor in any of five Asia-related Jackson School programs: China Studies, Japan Studies, Korea Studies, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies. Study of a foreign language is encouraged but not required. Information on the requirements for these minors is available in Thomson 111, or through the JSIS Minors Web page.
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