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Asian Studies, Bachelor of Arts

Institute for Asian Studies


As an Asian Studies major, you will engage in comprehensive and critical study of the cultural and linguistic development of the Asian world, both as a whole and as individual societies. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree combines language instruction with courses about the history, literature, philosophy, religion, society, and politics of Asian cultures.

You may combine the B.A. in Asian Studies with a graduate degree in East Asian StudiesBusiness Administration, or Accounting to earn both graduate and undergraduate degrees in only five years of study.

Department Contact

Bernadette Y. Li, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Asian Studies
Sun Yat Sen Hall, Room 20
[email protected]

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As an Asian Studies major, you 12 credits of Chinese (CHI), Japanese (JPN), or Korean (KOR) language courses. You may combine different languages, but must complete at least one course above level three in a language.

You will complete ASC 1300 and 2610 and satisfy your remaining credit requirements from among the following courses. Eligible juniors and seniors may also take graduate-level East Asian Studies or Chinese Studies courses with director approval.

ASC 1230 Contemporary China
ASC 1250 Contemporary Japan
ASC 1300; 1310 Introduction to the Civilizations of Asia I; II
ASC 1330 Contemporary Korea
ASC 1480 Introduction to Chinese Thought
ASC 1490 Introduction to Japanese Thought
ASC 1650 Sports in China
ASC 1800 Introduction to Buddhism
ASC 2210 Chinese Literature in Translation
ASC 2480 Doing Business in China
ASC 2510 History of Modern East Asia
ASC 2540 America Meets China
ASC 2610 Discovering China
ASC 2710 Governments and Politics of the Far East
ASC 2720 Governments and Politics of South and Southeast Asia
ASC 3710 Banking in East Asia
ASC 4953 Readings and Research


For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.