Asian Studies: Bachelor of Arts Major
The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Asian Studies degree will allow you to develop the competencies characteristic of a traditional BA program while preparing you to respond creatively to the challenges you will encounter in an increasingly interconnected world. In this four-year interdisciplinary program, you will not only acquire practical skills that you can employ in your multicultural communities locally, you will also develop the intellectual and cultural competencies required to operate successfully in a world where the nations of East and South Asia are increasingly influential.
As an Asian Studies student you will begin your first year of studies with courses that introduce you to Asian Studies as a discipline and to the countries and cultures of East and South Asia. These courses will begin to build the critical thinking, communication, and intercultural competencies that will allow you to succeed in more advanced courses. As you progress to more narrowly defined regional and thematic courses, you will examine in greater depth the societies, cultures, political systems, economies, and histories of the peoples and nations of South and East Asia, as well as their interactions with Canada and the rest of the world.
Students pursuing a major in Asian Studies must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.
Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:
- In good academic standing with the University
- Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
- 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
- 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts Framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.
Asian Studies Major
The following requirements are to be completed for the Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies Major program.
Lower Level Requirement
Students are required to complete 18 credits of lower-level ASIA courses, with at least 12 of these credits at the 2000 level.
Upper Level Requirement
Students are required to complete 30 credits of upper-level ASIA courses, with at least 6 credits at the 4000 level, including the following capstone course:
|ASIA 4350||Canadian East and South Asian Communities||3 credits|
Students are required to complete at least 12 credits in a single approved Asian language: JAPN, MAND, or PUNJ.
The Asian Studies language requirement satisfies the language requirement of the BA Framework.
Students who can demonstrate oral and written competency to a level equivalent to KPU Intermediate Level II language courses in an East or South Asian language offered at KPU (currently JAPN, MAND, and PUNJ) may request an assessment to have the Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies language requirement waived. Students requesting an assessment should visit the department website for details. Approved waivers will be formally noted on the student’s academic record and the credit requirement will be fulfilled with electives.
Additional Asian Studies Courses
Students may select from the following approved list of courses to satisfy the Lower Level or Upper Level requirements in lieu of ASIA courses:
|LANC 1150||Introduction to Intercultural Competencies: Thinking, Speaking, Acting Globally||3 credits|
|JAPN/LANC 1200||Introduction to Contemporary Japanese Society and Culture||3 credits|
|HIST 1150||A Passage to South Asia: Introduction to South Asian History||3 credits|
|HIST 1160||Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Introduction to East Asian History||3 credits|
|GEOG 2185||Regional Geography of East Asia||3 credits|
|GEOG 2190||Regional Geography of South Asia||3 credits|
|HIST 2350||Late Imperial China||3 credits|
|HIST 2375||Japan under the Shoguns, 1600-1868||3 credits|
|PHIL 2115||Asian Philosophy||3 credits|
|POLI 2140||Comparative Politics of Asia||3 credits|
|ANTH 3130||Sikh Culture, Religion and Society||3 credits|
|ANTH 3330||East Asian Archeology||3 credits|
|HIST 3350||China in the Twentieth Century||3 credits|
|HIST 3360||British India, 1857–1947||3 credits|
|HIST 3361||The Indian Subcontinent since 1947||3 credits|
|HIST 3370||Modern Japan||3 credits|
|HIST 3380||World War II in the Pacific||3 credits|
|JAPN/LANC 3310||Japanese Culture and Business||3 credits|
|JAPN/LANC 3320||Japanese Culture Through Film||3 credits|
|JAPN/LANC 3350||Contemporary Japanese Society and Culture: Field School||6 credits|
|LANC 3150||Advanced Intercultural Competencies||3 credits|
|POLI 3146||Government and Politics of India||3 credits|
|POLI 3240||Chinese Government and Politics||3 credits|
|HIST 4450||China and the West||3 credits|
|HIST 4460||Gandhi in History||3 credits|
|HIST 4470||Warriors of Japan: The Samurai||3 credits|
|HIST 4480||The American Experience in Vietnam||3 credits|
|JAPN/LANC 4320||Understanding Japanese Culture through Literature||3 credits|
Upon successful completion of the major program students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts. Transcripts will indicate a Major in Asian Studies.
At a Glance
Faculty of Arts
- Baccalaureate Degree
- Open intake
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