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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.

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, which introduce the student to literary, philosophical, and historical works in their original language (these courses are listed under the specific language headings).

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.

Combining Areas of Study

Students interested in broadening their understanding of Asia are permitted to pursue up to two specializations in Asian Studies. See Department website (asia.ubc.ca/major-in-asian-studies/#ourProgramAS). The following rules apply:

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

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

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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