The Department of Asian Studies 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 Women's and Gender Studies.
Please visit the Department for current offerings.
For information on advanced degrees see graduate Asian Studies.
The courses offered at the undergraduate level fall into two categories:
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, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, or South Asian languages (Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Urdu) 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. Credit is not normally given to graduate students for such preparatory work.
Majors hosted by the Department of Asian Studies may be declared upon completion of 27 credits.
The Major requires 48 total credits of ASIA coursework, of which at least 30 credits must be from courses numbered 300 or above which focus on ASIA. Those 48 credits must include:
The Major does not allow for double-majoring within the Department. The Minor cannot be combined with the Major in Asian Area Studies.
Majors in Asian Area Studies who go on exchange for two semesters will be required to take a minimum of one 3-credit 400-level ASIA course upon their return.
The Minor in Asian Area Studies requires a total of 30 credits of coursework, as follows:
The Minor cannot be combined with the Major in Asian Language and Culture.
Students can choose between the following areas of specialization:
The Major requires 48 credits of coursework on ASIA, of which at least 30 credits must be from courses numbered 300 or above.
Those 48 credits must include:
A grade of at least 60% is required in each language course in order to advance to another course in the same language.
The Major does not allow for double-majoring within the Department. The Minor cannot be combined with the Major in Asian Languages and Culture.
Majors in Asian Language and Culture who go on exchange for two semesters will be required to take a minimum of one 3-credit 400-level ASIA course upon their return.
The Minor requires a total of 30 credits of coursework, as follows:
The Minor cannot be combined with the Major in Asian Area 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 a minimum overall average of 76% and at least 80% in program-related courses already taken. Students are required to maintain an 80% average in Department courses to graduate. In addition to the regular Major requirements for either Asian Area Studies or Asian Language and Culture, graduation in the Honours program requires completion of ASIA 499 - Honours Thesis.