B.A. in Asian Studies

In addition to the general education requirements of the University of Toledo and the College of Arts and Letters, students will take 30 hours in Asian Studies selected from (but not limited to) the list of courses below. Students must select courses from a minimum of three different departments; no more than 15 hours of course work from one department will count toward the Asian Studies major.

Major Courses
Select 30 hours of the following:30
Introduction to Asian Studies
Issues in Asian Studies
Directed Research
Directed Readings
Selected Topics in Asian Studies
Asian Art
Topics In Asian Art
Comparative Economic Systems
Geography Of Asia
Japan And World War II
Postwar Japan
History Of Tokyo
The Chinese Revolution
Modern Chinese History
Modern Japanese History
Europe And Asia: Exploration And Exchange, 1415-1800
Eastern Thought
Politics of Asia
All Japanese and Chinese courses above the 2000 level
Total Hours30

With the approval of the adviser, a maximum of six elective hours may be chosen from independent study courses offered by various departments (other than ASST 4910 and ASST 4920). This general distributive pattern is designed to encourage the student to examine the various aspects of Asian Studies. Asian Studies majors are encouraged to take Japanese, (or Chinese or other Asian languages, if offered) for their foreign language requirement.

In addition to the 30 hours in the major, students are required to take 18 hours in related courses in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, law and other areas chosen in consultation with the adviser. Under special circumstances, certain courses in other colleges may be used to satisfy the related requirement.

Below is a sample plan of study. Consult your degree audit for your program requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermHours
AR 1000 First Year Orientation 1
ENGL 1110 College Composition I 3
MATH 1180 Reasoning With Mathematics 3
ASST 2100 Introduction to Asian Studies 3
JAPN 1110
Elementary Japanese I
or Elementary Chinese I
Social Sciences Core 3
Second Term
JAPN 1120
Elementary Japanese II
or Elementary Chinese II
ENGL 1130 College Composition II: Academic Disciplines And Discourse 3
HIST 1070 The Contemporary World 3
ARTH 2100 Asian Art (Non-US Diversity) 3
Natural Sciences Core 3
Third Term
HIST 2700
Japan And World War II
or Postwar Japan
HIST 2730 The Chinese Revolution 3
JAPN 2140
Intermediate Japanese I (or approved culture course)
or Intermediate Chinese I
ENGL 2710-2800Arts/Humanities Core (English Lit) 3
Natural Sciences Core 3
Natural Sciences Core (Lab) 1
Fourth Term
JAPN 2150
Intermediate Japanese II (or approved culture course)
or Intermediate Chinese II
GEPL 2030 Cultural Geography (WAC) 3
CHIN 1090 Chinese Culture 3
Social Sciences Core 3
Arts/Humanities Core 3
Fifth Term
ASST 3010 Issues in Asian Studies 3
GEPL 3120 Geography Of Asia 3
BUAD 2080 Global Environment Of Business 3
Major Elective 3
Elective 3
Sixth Term
PHIL 3500 Eastern Thought 3
GEPL 3120 Geography Of Asia 3
ECON 3500 Comparative Economic Systems 3
Related or Minor course 3
Elective 3
Seventh Term
HIST 4720/4740 Modern Chinese History 3
ASST 4920 Directed Readings 3
Major Elective 3
Elective 3
Diversity of U.S. 3
Eighth Term
ASST 4910 Directed Research 3
ASST 4980 Selected Topics in Asian Studies 3
Related or Minor course 3
Elective 6
 Total Hours124
  • PLO 1: Communication objectives: Students can interpret oral and written texts, present information, and participate in spontaneous spoken and writing exchanges on relevant topics in one of the major languages in Asia, including Chinese, Japanese. In their own and Asian cultures, students can compare and explain some diversity among products and practices and how it relates to perspectives.
  • PLO 2: Content objectives: Students can demonstrate their knowledge of the history, culture, economies, societies, and political systems of Asia and main Asian countries. Students can investigate underlying assumptions, describe inequalities and power dynamics, and critically assess how power dynamics affect the voice, influence, access to resources, decision-making, and governance.
  • PLO 3: Global community objectives: Students can investigate, explain, and reflect on culture exchanges between selected Asian countries and the U.S. Students can initiate investigations of Asia by framing questions, analyzing and synthesizing relevant evidence, and drawing reasonable conclusions about Asian and global issues.