Undergraduate study in Asian Studies

What can you study in Asian Studies?

Asian Studies gives you a broad understanding of the opportunities and complexities of Asia and develops your cultural awareness.

You can choose from a wide range of courses on film, literature, politics, history, popular culture, philosophy, geography, economics and anthropology. Some courses focus on a particular part of Asia and other courses offer pan-Asian perspectives. We also encourage you to take advantage of exchange opportunities to live and study in Asian countries.

Find out more about the Stage I courses available in Asian Studies.
 

Undergraduate programmes in Asian Studies

You can study Asian Studies as a BA major or take elective courses.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in Asian Studies will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Asian Studies

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Asian Studies as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018 

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Asian Studies. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Asian Studies

For help with degree planning

Arts Students' Centre

Planning your BA major in Asian Studies

If you think you may want to major in Asian Studies, take the core course ASIAN 100 Images of Asia in your first year. ASIAN 100 explores the history and idea of Asia, and will provide you with an important foundation for Asian Studies or an Asian language.

It is possible - and encouraged - to take a BA major in Asian Studies alongside a major in Chinese, Japanese or Korean.