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Asian Studies: Associate of Arts Degree


The Associate of Arts Degree (AA) in Asian Studies will introduce you to the discipline and prepare you for further study. By completing the AA Degree you will gain a broader understanding of the world in which you live and will become a more informed and engaged citizen. You can choose to focus on a particular geographic region; however, we recommend that you complete as broad a range of courses as possible.

Asian Studies courses are reading and writing intensive; therefore, it is strongly recommended that you complete your English requirements within your first two semesters.

Admission Requirements

The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

Curricular Requirements

Within the framework of the Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete at least 60 credits with a minimum grade of C in each course and meet the following requirements.

Thirty-six credits in Arts courses, which shall include the following:

Group A

At least nine credits from the following courses:
  ANTH 3130 Sikh Culture, Religion and Society 3 credits
  ASIA 2250 South Asians Around the Globe 3 credits
  ASIA 2252 Indian Society through Popular Film 3 credits
  GEOG 2185 Regional Geography of East Asia 3 credits
  GEOG 2190 Regional Geography of South Asia 3 credits
  GEOG 3210 Geography of Cultures 3 credits
  POLI 2140 Comparative Asian Politics 3 credits
  POLI 3146 Government and Politics of India 3 credits
  POLI 3240 Chinese Government and Politics 3 credits
  SOCI 3230 International Migration and Ethnic Communities 3 credits

Group B

At least nine credits from the following courses:
  ASIA 1111 Religions of India (formerly HUMN 1111) 3 credits
  JAPN 1200 / LANC 1200 Introduction to Contemporary Japanese Society and Culture 3 credits
  JAPN 3310
Japanese Culture and Business 3 credits
  JAPN 3320
Japanese Culture through Film 3 credits
  HIST 1150 Introduction to East Asia 3 credits
  HIST 1151 Introduction to Modern East Asia 3 credits
  HIST 1160 A Passage to South Asia: Introduction to South Asian History 3 credits
  HIST 2350 Late Imperial China 3 credits
  HIST 3350 China in the Twentieth Century: Reforms and Revolutions 3 credits
  HIST 3360 British India:1875-1947 3 credits
  HIST 3361 Indian Subcontinent since 1947 3 credits
  HIST 3370 Twentieth Century Japan 3 credits
  HIST 4450 China and the West 3 credits
  HIST 4460 Gandhi in History 3 credits
  HIST 4470 Samurai 3 credits
  HIST 4480 Vietnam War 3 credits
  PHIL 2115 Asian Philosophy 3 credits

Group C

At least 6 credits in an Asian language.

This requirement can be satisfied by successful completion of at least 2 of the following courses or in the case of other Asian languages by arrangements with the Asian Studies Degree Coordinator. Students with native fluency in an approved Asian Language may apply to the Asian Studies Degree Coordinator for a waiver. In the event that a waiver is granted, students must complete an additional 6 credits from the courses linked above in place of the 6 credit language requirement.

  JAPN 1100 Basic Japanese I 3 credits
  JAPN 1101 Basic Japanese II 3 credits
  JAPN 2200 Intermediate Japanese I 3 credits
  JAPN 2201 Intermediate Japanese II 3 credits
  JAPN 3300 Upper Intermediate Japanese I 3 credits
  JAPN 3301 Upper Intermediate Japanese II 3 credits
  JAPN 4400 Advanced Japanese I: Conversation 3 credits
  MAND 1100 Beginner Mandarin I 3 credits
  MAND 1101 Basic Mandarin II 3 credits
  MAND 2200 Intermediate Mandarin I 3 credits
  MAND 2201 Intermediate Mandarin II 3 credits
  MAND 3300 Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects I 3 credits
  MAND 3301 Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Dialects II 3 credits
  MAND 3310 Upper Intermediate Mandarin: Reading and Writing I 3 credits
  MAND 3311 Upper Intermediate Mandarin: Reading and Writing II 3 credits
  PUNJ 1100 Basic Punjabi I 3 credits
  PUNJ 1101 Basic Punjabi II 3 credits
  PUNJ 2200 Intermediate Punjabi I 3 credits
  PUNJ 2201 Intermediate Punjabi II 3 credits
  PUNJ 3300 Canadian Punjabi Literature 3 credits

Courses with a primary focus on Asian Studies content and/or issues but which are not included in this list may be considered as credits for the Associate of Arts in Asian Studies upon request for course substitution by students declared in the program. Students must consult with a Arts Degree Advisor or the Asian Studies Degree Coordinator to confirm eligibility.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive an Associate of Arts degree in Asian Studies.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts

Asian Studies

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Associate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley
  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 60

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2011

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Mar-2017

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