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The Department of Asian Studies (www.asia.ubc.ca) offers programs of study that lead to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts. The department also collaborates with Film Studies; International Relations; Linguistics; Museum Studies; Philosophy; Religion, Literature and the Arts; and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.

Please visit the Department (www.asia.ubc.ca) for current offerings.

For information on advanced degrees see graduate Asian Studies.

The courses offered at the undergraduate level fall into two categories:

  1. Category 1: Courses on the contemporary and historical cultures of South, Southeast, and East Asia, that do not require knowledge of an Asian language (these are listed under the heading Asian Studies); and
  2. Category 2: Courses in language, including advanced reading courses, that introduce the student to literary, philosophical, and historical works in their original language (these courses are listed under the specific language headings).

Courses in category 1 are open to all students in the Faculty of Arts. Courses in category 2 are designed to provide the essential training for those who wish to proceed to further scholarly studies in the field of Asian Studies at the graduate level. However, in the more elementary courses, language training at the appropriate level is also provided for those who wish to obtain some knowledge of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or South Asian languages (Hindi-Urdu, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Persian) as part of their general education or with a view to later practical use.

Study of the necessary languages should begin as early as possible in a student's academic career. A good foundation in language studies is a prerequisite for admission to graduate studies. Those who do not have the necessary preparation when they apply will be asked to make up this deficiency.

Major in Asian Area Studies

The Major in Asian Area Studies requires 48 total credits of coursework, of which at least 30 must be upper-level credits.

Total ASIA credits: 27

Total language credits: 12

ASIA or Language Option credits: 6

Total R (Research Intensive) credits: 3

The Asian Area Studies Major may not be combined with the Major or Honours in Asian Language and Culture.

Major in Asian Language and Culture

The Major in Asian Language and Culture requires 48 total credits of prescribed coursework focused on a specific area of Asian language/culture.

The areas of focus available are:

Major in Asian Language and Culture - Area of Focus: China

Total ASIA credits: 18*

*At least 9 upper-level (300+) credits must be related to China.

Total Classical Chinese credits: 3

Total language (CHIN) credits: 24

Total R (Research Intensive) credits: 3

Major in Asian Language and Culture - Area of Focus: Chinese Literature

Total ASIA credits: 21-24*

*At least 9 upper-level (300+) credits must be related to China, and at least 6 must be in a different cultural area.

Total Classical Chinese credits: 6

Total language (CHIN) credits: 12-15

Total R (Research Intensive) credits: 6

Major in Asian Language and Culture - Area of Focus: Japan

Total ASIA credits: 18-24*

*At least 9 upper-level (300+) credits must be related to Japan.

Total language (JAPN) credits: 21-27

Total R (Research Intensive) credits: 3

Major in Asian Language and Culture - Area of Focus: Korea

Total ASIA credits: 21-30*

*At least 9 upper-level (300+) credits must be related to Korea.

Total language credits: 15-24

Total R (Research Intensive) credits: 3

Major in Asian Language and Culture - Area of Focus: South Asian Languages

South Asian Languages: PERS (Persian), PUNJ (Punjabi), HINU (Hindi-Urdu), SANS (Sanskrit)

Total ASIA credits: 21-30*

*At least 12 upper-level (300+) credits must be related to South Asia, and at least 3 credits must be in a different cultural area.

Total language South Asian Language credits (300 or above): 15-24

If language is HINU, PERS or PUNJ:

If language is SANS:

Total R (Research Intensive) credits: 3

Minor in Asian Area Studies

The Minor in Asian Area Studies requires a total of 30 credits of coursework, as follows:

The Minor cannot be combined with:

Minor in Asian Language and Culture

The Minor in Asian Language and Culture requires 30 total credits of coursework focused on a specific area of Asian language/culture.

The areas of focus available are:

Below each area of focus is highlighted.

The Minor in Asian Language and Culture with a focus on China requires the completion of a total of 30 credits of coursework, as follows:

If the Major and Minor are in 2 different languages, the Minor can be combined with:

The Minor in Asian Language and Culture with a focus on Japan requires the completion of a total of 30 credits of coursework, as follows:

If the Major and Minor are in 2 different languages, the Minor can be combined with:

The Minor in Asian Language and Culture with a focus on Korea requires the completion of a total of 30 credits of coursework, as follows:

If the Major and Minor are in 2 different languages, the Minor can be combined with:

The Minor in Asian Language and Culture with a focus on South Asia requires the completion of a total of 30 credits of coursework, as follows:

If the Major and Minor are in 2 different languages, the Minor can be combined with:

Honours Program in Asian Studies

The Honours program is designed to provide preparation for outstanding students who intend to pursue graduate studies. Admission to the Honours program is by permission of the Department and requires that students demonstrate a strong overall performance in recently completed departmental courses with a particular focus on either cultural content courses (ASIA) or language-based courses (JAPN, KORN, CHIN, CNTO, CLCH, SANS, HINU, PUNJ, PERS) depending on program of study.

Honours in Asian Area Studies

Total ASIA credits: 33

Total language credits: 12

ASIA or Language Option credits: 6

Total R (Research Intensive) credits: 3

Total additional credits: 12

The Honours in Asian Area Studies may not be combined with a Major or Honours in Asian Language and Culture.

Honours in Asian Language and Culture - Area of Focus: China

Total ASIA credits: 24*

*at least 9 upper-level (300+) credits must be related to China.

Total Classical Chinese credits: 3

Total language (CHIN) credits: 24

Total R (Research Intensive) credits: 3

Total additional credits: 6

Honours in Asian Language and Culture - Area of Focus: Chinese Literature

Total ASIA credits: 27-30*

*at least 9 upper level (300+) credits must be related to China, and at least 6 must be in a different cultural area.

Total Classical Chinese credits: 6

Total language (CHIN) credits: 12-15

Total R (Research Intensive) credits: 6

Total additional credits: 6

Honours in Asian Language and Culture - Area of Focus: Japan

Total ASIA credits: 24-30*

*at least 9 upper level (300+) credits must be related to Japan.

Total language (JAPN) credits: 21-27

Total R (Research Intensive) credits: 3

Total additional credits: 6

Honours in Asian Language and Culture - Area of Focus: Korea

Total ASIA credits: 27-36*

*at least 9 upper level (300+) credits must be related to Korea.

Total Language credits: 15-24

Total R (Research Intensive) credits: 3

Total additional credits: 6

Honours in Asian Language and Culture - Area of Focus: South Asian Languages

South Asian Languages: PERS (Persian), PUNJ (Punjabi), HINU (Hindi), SANS (Sanskrit)

Total ASIA credits: 27-36*

*at least 12 upper level (300+) credits must be related to South Asia, and at least 3 credits must be in a different cultural area.

Total South Asian Language credits (300 or above): 15-24

Total R (Research Intensive) credits: 3

Total additional credits: 6

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