Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies

Gain comprehensive knowledge of a chosen culture or geographic area in Asia with the Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Develop the language proficiency and cross-cultural communication skills needed to live or work in an Asian country. 

The Asian Studies BA degree program allows you to focus your studies on at least one Asian country or region—such as China, India, Japan, Korea and Vietnam—and explore that region’s defining characteristics. Courses emphasize several subject areas vital to understanding a culture and society, including history, language, philosophy, politics, religion and more.

Through the curriculum, students will

  • understand the issues and requirements of cross-cultural communication;
  • utilize humanistic and social science disciplines to study a culture; and
  • recognize how language serves as a foundation of culture; among others. 

This 123-credit major allows you to tailor your degree to your specific interests or career goals. Build the language skills, writing skills and cross-cultural sensitivities necessary to pursue work in several global industries, including business, education, government and media.  

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Classes & Curriculum

The Asian Studies BA can be completed over four years of full-time studies. Depending on your focus, courses offered in this program may include the following.

  • Asian Diaspora
  • Asian Women in Transition
  • Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context
  • Geography of East and South Asia
  • Introduction to East Asia: China
  • Introduction to East Asian: Japan
  • Introduction to Islam

Students in their final must satisfy a capstone writing requirement in the Seminar in Asian Studies. Learn more about required courses for the Asian Studies BA.

Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates can complement degree programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year