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College of Liberal Arts

Asian Studies

The Asian Studies program encompasses East, Southeast and South Asia, with special attention to the languages and cultures of China and Japan. Designed for students majoring in any discipline, the courses on Asia offer an invaluable supplement for students anticipating professional employment requiring a basic knowledge of an Asian language and culture. The foundation provided by the courses in language, social science and the humanities also will prepare students for advanced study in the Asian field.

This interdisciplinary program offers an undergraduate major and an undergraduate minor that includes both a language and cultural component. Each student is expected to complete Level IV in either the Chinese or Japanese language.

The minor requires four additional cultural or area courses (12 credit hours) that should be distributed between a selection from at least two of the following disciplines: history, philosophy, political science and literature (offered in the School of Languages and Cultures).

The major requires a survey course from a selection (3 credit hours) and seven additional courses (21 credit hours) from a selection. No more than five of the courses chosen to fulfill the requirements may be in any one discipline. At least one course must be at the 40000 level or higher. See the Asian Studies homepage for more details.  www.cla.purdue.edu/asian-studies 

Plan of Study for Asian Studies