Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses that will fulfill this requirement are ASST 4096 and one of the following: ASST 2097, ASST 2098, ASST 2696, ASST 3696, ASST 4696.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CLA College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • The language proficiency requirement of the Asian Studies major exceeds the minimum requirements of the College of Liberal Arts; no additional coursework is required.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (minimum 33 credits):

Foundation Courses
Select two of the following:6
ASST 1801
Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context
ASST 2074
Geography of East and South Asia
ASST 2501
Introduction to East Asia: China
ASST 2502
Introduction to East Asia: Japan
Select one of the following (fourth semester): 13
HIN 2002
Hindi Intermediate II
CHI 2002
Chinese Intermediate II
JPNS 2002
Intermediate Japanese II
KRN 2002
Korean Intermediate II
VTNM 2002
Second-Year Vietnamese II
Writing-Intensive Elective
Select one of the following:3
ASST 2097
Asian Diaspora
ASST 2098
Japanese Popular Culture and its Literature
ASST 2696
Introduction to Islam
ASST 3696
Asian Women in Transition
ASST 4696
Modern Japan: Empire, War, Society
Asian Studies Electives
Select six electives from three different subject areas.18
Capstone Course
ASST 4096Seminar in Asian Studies3
Total Credit Hours33

Asian Language Proficiency Requirement The language requirement may be satisfied by coursework or proficiency in the language for heritage speakers. The examination tests listening, speaking, and reading comprehension as well as written communications in any Asian language approved by the Asian Studies advisor. Students who demonstrate proficiency beyond the fourth semester are not required to replace this with an Asian Studies approved elective.

Distinction in the Major

Asian Studies majors may graduate with distinction in the major if they have a GPA of at least 3.5 in the major and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.