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Asian Studies

Asia is gaining increasing economic and strategic prominence in the world, and Asian countries have rich and fascinating cultures and heritages. Asian studies is an interdisciplinary major that explores the languages, cultures, economics, history, geography and politics of Asian countries. Students often combine an Asian studies degree or certificate with another major field of study. Students may also study abroad in Asia, pursue internships and apply for fellowships. 

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Program Code

15BA-AIST

Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus

Freshman Class Profile for this Major

GPA
3.044 - 3.660 (4 pt. scale)
ACT
21.0 - 26.0
SAT
980 - 1180

Department

Asian Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Contact

Aronoff 6431C
342 Clifton Ct
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0016
Mikiko Hirayama
Email: Miki.hirayama@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-0265

Student Success Factors

Asian studies majors are fluent in one or two Asian languages and have in-depth knowledge about Asia. Their course work prepares them to think critically, communicate effectively, work across cultures and draw upon multiple disciplines in examining issues.

Career Possibilities

American businesses, governmental and nongovernmental organizations are deeply involved in Asia, yet there are not enough American professionals who are knowledgeable about the region. A degree or certificate in Asian studies, especially when combined with another field of study, makes students highly sought in an increasingly global marketplace. In addition to being well-prepared for graduate school, graduates of the program have gone on to pursue careers such as:  

 

  • Teaching in an Asian country
  • Working with U.S. firms interested in Asia
  • Research and analysis

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The major in Asian studies requires the following:

 

  • 10 credits "second year" Asian language sequence (ARAB, CHIN, JAPN 2001-2002)
  • 9 credits in humanities and related areas (art history, literature, history, religion, languages)
  • 9 credits in behavioral and social sciences (geography, planning, political science)
  • 3 credits in approved electives or an additional course in humanities or behavioral and social sciences
  • 6 credits of Methods in Asian Studies and senior project (AIST 3050, and AIST 5091)

 

The UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) offers flexible degree requirements that allow for and highly encourage students to pursue multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

 

  • Anthropology
  • Art history
  • Biological sciences
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • International affairs
  • Journalism
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Sociology
  • Women's, gender, and sexuality studies

Minor Details

An undergraduate minor in Asian studies is offered for students majoring in another area. It is offered to students in any college at the University of Cincinnati. Students not pursuing a bachelor’s degree are awarded a certificate.

Students are required to complete 22 credit hours chosen from among approved courses.

AIST 2081, Introduction to Chinese Culture (3 hrs)

HIST 3086, Modern China (3 hrs)

AIST 2082, Introduction to Japanese Culture (3 hrs)

HIST 3092, Modern China in Hollywood (3 hrs)

AIST 2083, Introduction to East Film Studies (3 hrs)

HIST 4027, U.S.-Asia Foreign Relations (3 hrs)

AIST 2061, Study Abroad: Japan (3 hrs)

HIST 4084, Modern Japan (3 hrs)

AIST 2062, Study Abroad: China (3 hrs)

MUHS 6067, Topics in Ethnomusicology (3 hrs)

AIST 3050, Methods in Asian Studies (3 hrs)

MUHS 6082, World Music Lab (3 hrs)

AIST 3083, Economy of China (3 hrs)

POL 2063, Politics of China (3 hrs)

AIST 3084, Economies of East and S.E. Asia (3 hrs)

POL 2065, Politics of Latin America (3 hrs)

AIST 6065, Seminar in Southeast Asia (3 hrs)

POL 3083, China and the World (3 hrs)

ARTH 1040, Survey of East Asian Art (3 hrs)

POL 3084, International Relations of East Asia (3 hrs)

ARTH 2070, Survey of Chinese Art (3 hrs)

POL 3086, Security and Conflict in Asia (3 hrs)

ARTH 2071, Survey of Japanese Art (3 hrs)

POL 3087, Regional Politics in Asia (3 hrs)

ARTH 3042, Early Modern Japanese Arts (3 hrs)

POL 6064, South Asia and the World (3-4 hrs)

ARTH 3045, East Asian Buddhist Art (3 hrs)

POL 6065, Women and Sustainable Dev. (3-4 hrs)

ARTH 6050, History of Japanese Prints (3 hrs)

POL 6068, Nation, Race, Identity (3-4 hrs)

ENGL 2021, World Literature I (3 hrs)

POL 6083, China and America (3-4 hrs)

ENGL 2022, World Literature II (3 hrs)

POL 6086, Asian Security (3-4 hrs)

GEOG 2026, Geography of Asia (3 hrs)

PLAN 4090, Global Perspectives in Urban Plng (3 hrs)

GEOG 2036, Geography of Southern Asia (3 hrs)

PLAN 6032, Sustainable Development (3-4 hrs)

GEOG 2037, Geography of China (3 hrs)

URBN 1080, Film Global Village (3 hrs)

GEOL 6021C, Himalayan Field Trip (3 hrs)

CHIN 1001, Basic Chinese I (5 hrs)

HIST 2010, History of China (3 hrs)

CHIN 1002, Basic Chinese II (5 hrs)

HIST 2011, History of Japan (3 hrs)

JAPN 1001, Basic Japanese I (5 hrs)

HIST 2012, History of South Asia (3 hrs)

JAPN 1002, Basic Japanese II (5 hrs)

HIST 3076, Imperial China (3 hrs)

 

 

Three Steps to an Asian Studies Minor / Certificate

  • Declare the Asian Studies minor or certificate online and contact the program's director. This ensures that students are registered with the Asian Studies program and that they receive e-mails and announcements about courses and activities. The form should be completed in the student’s first or second year (or as soon as possible thereafter).
  • Complete the necessary credits of course work for the degree or certificate.
  • Upon completing the requirement, and no later than one semester before graduation, complete and return the Asian Studies Degree/Certificate Checklist to the Asian Studies program director.

Curriculum

These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important to utilize these resources with personalized guidance from a UC academic advisor regularly to ensure timely graduation..

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UC Schedule of Classes - search course availability and descriptions

Curriculum Guide Versions:

Asian Studies Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language -- Arabic, Japanese or Chinese, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Asian Studies Core Requirement- Humanities (HU) Course -- see list below, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language -- Arabic, Japanese or Chinese, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective Course, 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Intermediate Foreign Language -- see grouping below, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Asian Studies Core Requirement- Humanities - (HP) Course-- see list below, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) may double count , SE, TI, 0 - 3
    Spring (Year 2)
    • XXXXxxxx, Intermediate Foreign Language -- see grouping below, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspective (HP) Course (if not already met through Asian Studies Core Requirement -- Humanities) , HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Course, 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • XXXXxxxx, Asian Studies Core Requirement- Social and Behavioral Sciences --(SS) Course-- see list below , SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course (if not already met through Asian Studies Core Requirement - Humanities) , 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 9
    Spring (Year 3)
    • XXXXxxxx, Asian Studies Core Requirement - Social and Behavioral Sciences -- see list below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Asian Core Requirement - Humanities -- see list below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 6
    • AIST3050, Methods in Asian Studies, 3
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • AIST5091, Senior Project, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Asian Studies Elective - see grouping below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Asian Studies Core Requirement- Social and Behavioral Sciences -- see list below, 3
    Spring (Year 4)
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course (if not already met through Asian Studies Core Requirement -- Social and Behavioral Sciences), SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 9
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course (if not already met through Asian Studies Core Requirement -- Humanities), HP, 3
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Groupings:
    Intermediate Language
    • ARAB2001, Second Year Literary Arabic 1, DC, HU, 5
    • ARAB2002, Second Year Literary Arabic 2, DC, HU, 5
    • CHIN2001, Second Year Chinese 1, 5
    • CHIN2002, Second Year Chinese 2, DC, HU, 5
    • JAPN2001, Second-year Japanese 1, DC, HU, 5
    • JAPN2002, Second-year Japanese 2, DC, HU, 5
    Humanities
    • AIST2081, Introduction to Chinese Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • AIST2082, Introduction to Japanese Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • AIST2083, Introduction to East Asian Films, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB3001, Third-Year Literary Arabic, 3
    • ARAB3002, Third-Year Literary Arabic, 3
    • ARAB3010, Culture of Contemporary Arab Society, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB3011, Arab-American Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB3020, Modern Arabic Literature in Translation, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB3021, Classical Arabic Literature and Culture in Translation, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB3022, Arab Women Novelists, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB3023, Love and Sexuality in Arabic Literature, DC, HU, 3
    • ARAB4031, Survey of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought I, 3
    • ARTH1040, Survey of East Asian art, DC, HP, 3
    • ARTH2070, Survey of Chinese Art, 3
    • ARTH2071, Survey of Japanese Art, 3
    • ARTH3042, Early Modern Japanese Art, 3
    • ARTH3045, East Asian Buddhist Art , 3
    • ARTH6050, History of Japanese Prints, 1670-1970 , 3
    • CHIN3001, Third-Year Chinese I, 3
    • CHIN3002, Third-Year Chinese II, 3
    • ENGL2021, World Literature I, DC, HU, 3
    • ENGL2022, World Literature II, DC, HU, 3
    • HIST1007, Middle Eastern History I, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST1008, Middle Eastern History II, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2010, History of China, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2011, History of Japan, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST2012, History of South Asia, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3076, Imperial China, 3
    • HIST3086, Modern China, DC, HP, 3
    • HIST3092, Modern China in Hollywood, 3
    • HIST4027, U.S.-Asia Foreign Relations, 3
    • HIST4084, Modern Japan, 3
    • JAPN3001, Third-year Japanese 1, DC, HU, 3
    • JAPN3002, Third-year Japanese 2, 3
    • JAPN3064, Japanese Language and Culture for International Co-op Program, 3
    • JAPN4001, Fourth-year Japanese 1, 3
    • JAPN4002, Fourth-year Japanese 2, 3
    • JAPN4005, Topics in Japanese Culture and Society, 3
    • MUHS6067, Topics in Ethnomusicology, 3
    • MUHS6082, World Music Lab: Indian Tabla, 0 - 1
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • AIST3083, The Economy of Greater China: Transition, Development and Integration, 3
    • AIST3084, The Economies of Japan and Korea: Development, Institutions and Crisis, 3
    • AIST6065, Seminar in Southeast Asia, 3
    • GEOG2026, Geography of Asia, SS, 3
    • GEOG2031, Geography of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2036, Geography of Southern Asia, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG2037, Geography of China, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOL6021C, Himalayan Field Trip, 3
    • PLAN4090, Global Perspectives in Urban Planning, 3
    • PLAN6032, Sustainable Development: Global Responses, 3 - 4
    • POL2063, Politics of China, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2064, Politics of South Asia, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2071, Politics of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • POL3083, China and the World, 3
    • POL3084, International Relations of East Asia, 3
    • POL3086, Security and Conflict in Asia, 3
    • POL3087, Regional Politics in Asia, 3
    • POL6064, South Asia and the world, 3 - 4
    • POL6065, Women and sustainable development, 3 - 4
    • POL6068, Nation, race, identity, 3 - 4
    • POL6083, China and America: Challenges and Opportunities, 3 - 4
    • POL6086, Asian Security, 3 - 4
    • URBN3080, Film and the Global Village, 3
    Asian Studies Elective
    • ANTH1001, Cultural Anthropology, DC, SS, 3
    • ANTH2066, Anthropology of Global Problems, SE, SS, 3
    • ANTH2068, Religion in Culture, DC, SS, 3
    • ECON4040, International Economics, 3
    • ECON4082, Economic Development, 3
    • GEOG1004, Introduction to Human Geography, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG1021, World Regional Geography, DC, SS, 3
    • GEOG3039, Geography of Religion, 3
    • GEOG3041, Economic Geography, 3
    • GEOG4061, Globalization and Cities, 3
    • MUHS3001, Introduction to Music of the World's Peoples, DC, FA, 3
    • POL1060, Introduction to Comparative Politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2069, Politics of Developing Countries, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2081, Globalization and Politics, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2086, Economic Globalization, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3060, Comparative Political Analysis, 3
    • POL3081, Politics of Global Economic Affairs, 3
    • SOC2089, The Global Community: Cultural Diversity and Interaction, DC, SS, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Asian studies at UC is an interdisciplinary major that explores the languages, cultures, economics, history, geography and politics of Asian countries. By taking courses from several disciplines, students acquire a variety of analytical tools and examine issues and problems from multiple perspectives. Expertise in languages, courses from many disciplines and study-abroad opportunities in Asia are important aspects of the Asian studies experience at UC.

Special Programs

Internships, Co-op and Study Abroad Opportunities

Students may contact UC's Institute for Global Studies, the Career Services Center and view the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences internships Web page for information on study abroad and internships.

 

Students have pursued internships in organizations such as

 

  • The Global Center of Cincinnati
  • The Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati
  • The Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce

 

Students have also participated in UC's ICP co-op program and have studied abroad in

 

  • China
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Taiwan
  • India
  • Thailand

and elsewhere in Asia through programs via UC's Global Studies office. The UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences website also contains information about studying abroad.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

 

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.