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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 www.cla.purdue.edu/asian-studies for more details.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First Semester Second Semester
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or (3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition) (3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) CHNS 20200 (Chinese Level IV) or JPNS 20200 (Japanese Level IV), Other Languages*† (3) Western Heritage*
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (3) Elective
(3) Gender Issues* (3) Elective
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Elective
(15-16) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
(3) Aesthetic Awareness* (3) Asian Studies requirement, Note A
(3) Individual and Society* (3) Natural Sciences*
(3) Natural Sciences* (3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity*
(3) Survey of Asia course requirement, Other Cultures* (3) United States Tradition*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  


Junior Year

First Semester Second Semester
(3) Asian Studies requirement, Note A (3) Asian Studies requirement, Note A
(3) Asian Studies requirement, Note A (3) Asian Studies requirement, Note A
(3) Global Perspective* (3) Social Ethics*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(18)   (18)  


Senior Year

First Semester Second Semester
(3) Asian Studies requirement, Note A (3) Asian Studies requirement, Note A
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  

Asian Studies Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

A. Contact an advisor for the Asian Studies Program about the list of available courses to meet this requirement.