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BA in Asian Studies

The Asian Studies major focuses on the modern and traditional history and literature of Asian cultures and societies, contemporary Asian politics, economic links between the Asia and the rest of the world, and global philosophical, ethical and religious issues. It provides a broad interdisciplinary perspective, to deepen knowledge of Asian affairs and support students' critical reflections on current issues. Asian Studies majors are well prepared for graduate study and for careers in government, local and international non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

  • Students must complete intermediate collegiate level study or its equivalent in an Asian language.
  • Majors will choose courses from a wide range of area specific courses which have Asia as their driving focus and context.  Majors also choose two courses from a list of “Infused” courses in which Asia is a significant part of the course of study, but not the exclusive focus.
  • Asian Studies majors are required to have an approved study abroad experience and it is recommended that minors do so.  There are many ways to satisfy the study abroad experience requirement, ranging from participation on one of Belmont’s travel study programs, to the University’s semester or year long exchanges, to an experience through another institution in the U.S. or Asia with prior approval of the Director of Asian Studies. 

Asian Studies Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions