What is 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.
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.
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
Minoring in Asian Studies
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.
A&S College Core Requirements
Students must earn minimum 120 hours with at least 30 hours earned after admission to A&S.
Minimum Grade: C
Minimum Grade: C
BOK requirement - may choose non-lab courses
Freshman Seminar (FYE)
College requirement for first time baccalaureate seeking students. Selection varies; check with your College Advisor for options. Course may count towards another requirement.
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Quantitative Reasoning (MATH or STAT)
BOK requirement. Look for MATH or STAT discipline designation
BOK requirement. Must be from two different disciplines.
Historical Perspective (HIST)
BOK requirement. Look for HIST discipline designation
BOK requirement. Can be either HU or FA
College requirement. Look for “Interdisciplinary” Attribute. Course may count towards another requirement.
|0 - 3|
BOK requirement. Course may count towards another requirement. Can be either SE or TI
|0 - 3|
College requirement. Look for any of the following Attributes: “International/Education Abroad”, “Internship”, “Transformational”, “Research” or “Service Learning”. Course may count towards another requirement.
|0 - 3|
Asian Studies Elective
Students may take one of the courses above OR an additional course from the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences groupings. (3 credits required)
|ANTH2066||Anthropology of Global Problems||3|
|GEOG1004||Introduction to Human Geography||3|
|POL2069||Politics of Developing Countries||3|
|SOC2089||The Global Community: Cultural Diversity and Interaction||3|
|GEOG3039||Geography of Religion||3 - 6|
|GEOG4061||Globalization and Cities||3|
|POL3081||Politics of Global Economic Affairs||3|
|POL3060||Comparative Political Analysis||3|
|GEOG1021||World Regional Geography||3 - 6|
|MUHS3001||Introduction to Music of the World's Peoples||3|
|POL1060||Introduction to Comparative Politics||3|
|ANTH2068||Religion in Culture||3|
|POL2081||Globalization and Politics||3|
Must take enough to reach the minimum 120 credits total for graduation eligibility.
9 credits from this group
|HIST2011||History of Japan||3|
|ARTH3042||Early Modern Japanese Art||3|
|HIST2010||History of China||3|
|JAPN4002||Fourth-year Japanese 2||3|
|ARAB3002||Third-Year Literary Arabic||3|
|AIST2081||Introduction to Chinese Culture||3|
|HIST4027||U.S.-Asia Foreign Relations||3|
|HIST3092||Modern China in Hollywood||3|
|CHIN3001||Third-Year Chinese I||3|
|ARAB3023||Love and Sexuality in Arabic Literature||3|
|ARAB4031||Survey of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought I||3|
|JAPN4001||Fourth-year Japanese 1||3|
|ARAB3022||Arab Women Novelists||3|
|ARAB3001||Third-Year Literary Arabic||3|
|MUHS6067||Topics in Ethnomusicology||3|
|AIST2082||Introduction to Japanese Culture||3|
|JAPN3002||Third-year Japanese 2||3|
|MUHS6082||World Music Lab: Indian Tabla||0 - 1|
|AIST2083||Introduction to East Asian Films||3|
|HIST1007||Middle Eastern History I||3|
|HIST1008||Middle Eastern History II||3|
|ENGL2022||World Literature II||3|
|ARAB3020||Modern Arabic Literature in Translation||3|
|ARAB3021||Classical Arabic Literature and Culture in Translation||3|
|CHIN3002||Third-Year Chinese II||3|
|JAPN3001||Third-year Japanese 1||3|
|JAPN3064||Japanese Language and Culture for International Co-op Program||3|
|ARTH2071||Survey of Japanese Art||3|
|HIST2012||History of South Asia||3|
|ARTH3045||East Asian Buddhist Art||3|
|ENGL2021||World Literature I||3|
|JAPN4005||Topics in Japanese Culture and Society||3|
|ARAB3010||Culture of Contemporary Arab Society||3|
|ARTH1040||Survey of East Asian art||3|
|ARTH2070||Survey of Chinese Art||3|
|ARTH6050||History of Japanese Prints, 1670-1970||3|
|ARAB2001||Second Year Literary Arabic 1||5|
|JAPN2002||Second-year Japanese 2||5|
|CHIN2002||Second Year Chinese 2||5|
|JAPN2001||Second-year Japanese 1||5|
|ARAB2002||Second Year Literary Arabic 2||5|
|CHIN2001||Second Year Chinese 1||5|
Social and Behavioral Sciences
9 credits from this group
|POL3087||Regional Politics in Asia||3|
|POL2071||Politics of the Middle East||3|
|GEOG2026||Geography of Asia||3|
|POL6064||South Asia and the world||4|
|POL2063||Politics of China||3|
|POL6083||China and America: Challenges and Opportunities||4|
|POL3083||China and the World||3|
|PLAN4090||Global Perspectives in Urban Planning||3|
|PLAN6032||Sustainable Development: Global Responses||3 - 4|
|POL3084||International Relations of East Asia||3|
|GEOG2037||Geography of China||3|
|POL2090||International Political and Economic Relations in Asia||3|
|GEOG2036||Geography of Southern Asia||3|
|AIST6065||Seminar in Southeast Asia||3|
|GEOL6021C||Himalayan Field Trip||3|
|URBN3080||Film and the Global Village||3|
|AIST3084||The Economies of Japan and Korea: Development, Institutions and Crisis||3|
|GEOG2031||Geography of the Middle East||3|
|POL6068||Nation, race, identity||3 - 4|
|POL6065||Women and sustainable development||4|
|POL2064||Politics of South Asia||3|
|AIST3083||The Economy of Greater China: Transition, Development and Integration||3|
|POL3086||War, Peace, Security, and Conflict in Asia||3|
For more information please contact the program director, whose name and information appear on this page.
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.
Internships, Co-op and Study Abroad Opportunities
Students may contact UC's Institute for Global Studies, the Experience-Based Learning and Career Education 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
Freshmen Students -- http://admissions.uc.edu/information/high-school.html
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
For more information, Pathways Advising and Student Success
Transfer students should apply using our transfer student online application
International Student RequirementsInternational students -- http://admissions.uc.edu/information/international.html
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.
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Asian Studies
Full-Time Program Duration
Uptown Campus West
728F Old Chemistry
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0377
Phone: (513) 556-0265