Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Asian Studies

Curriculum Requirements for the First Two Years

Elliott School students should attempt to address the following curriculum requirements in their freshman and sophomore years. Consult the Elliott School Undergraduate General Requirements before choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. Information on credit by examination or waiving curriculum requirements is available from academic advisors in the Elliott School.

As a basis for all bachelor of arts programs in the Elliott School, students take the following:

IAFF 1005Introduction to International Affairs: A Washington Perspective
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I *
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II *
PSC 1001Introduction to Comparative Politics *
HIST 1011World History, 1500-Present **
ANTH 1002Sociocultural Anthropology *
or GEOG 1001 Introduction to Human Geography
UW 1020University Writing *
One course in mathematics ***
One course in science (lab required) ***
Humanities/Creative Arts (9 credits of humanities or 6 credits of humanities plus 3 credits of creative arts courses) ***
Third-year proficiency in a modern foreign language ***

*These courses may satisfy parts of the University General Education Requirement.
** While HIST 1011 satisfies the University General Education Requirement in humanities, it does not meet the Elliott School's school-specific requirement for humanities/creative arts. A list of courses that fulfill the humanities and creative arts requirements can be found online.
***Additional university- and school-specific general education courses are required for all Elliott School undergraduates. A list of the courses that fulfill the quantitative reasoning, scientific reasoning, humanities and /or creative arts requirements can be found on the Elliott School Undergraduate Programs website.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Elliott School of International Affairs, Undergraduate Degree Requirements.

A list of designated courses that fulfill major requirements can be found on the Asian Studies major webpage. With approval of the advisor or program director, pertinent special topics or other courses may be taken in place of those listed.

Required courses for the major:
IAFF 2091East Asia-Past and Present
ECON 2151Economic Development
ECON 2169Introduction to the Economy of China
ECON 2170Introduction to the Economy of Japan
Three courses from a list of approved history and culture courses
Two approved courses from the following:
PSC 2369Comparative Politics of South Asia
PSC 2370Comparative Politics of China and Northeast Asia
PSC 2371Politics and Foreign Policy of China
PSC 2373Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia
PSC 2374Politics and Foreign Policy of Japan
PSC 2377Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 2377WComparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 2379Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel
PSC 2381Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
PSC 2383Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 2439International Political Economy
PSC 2440Theories of International Politics
PSC 2442International Organizations
PSC 2442WInternational Organizations
PSC 2444Public International Law
PSC 2446U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 2449International Security Politics
PSC 2449WInternational Security Politics
PSC 2461European-Atlantic Relations
PSC 2468Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
PSC 2475International Relations of East Asia
GEOG 3165Geography of South Asia
One course in Asian literature
Three upper-division Asia-related courses selected in consultation with the program director
The program must include a research methods course and a regional foundation course on a region other than the student’s major
Completion of third-year–level language proficiency in an approved Asian language is required