Chinese Area Studies Major

This is a 36 credit, interdisciplinary major in Chinese Area Studies, which is a branch of the Asian Studies B.A. degree. The major, which emphasizes Chinese language and culture as well as other courses in area studies, caps off the development of programs in Chinese language and non-language courses.

Major Requirements (36 credits)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses required for the major. A grade of "C-" or lower is NOT acceptable in any required course. This is a university rule as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog under the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.

Core Requirements (9 credits)

  • ASN 3410 Intro to East Asia
  • ASN 3016 China Then and Now
  • ASN 4510 Dynamics of Asia OR ASN 4390 Modern Asia (or equivalent course)

China-specific Courses (9 credits)

choose three courses from the following approved list of courses:

  • ASN 3016 China Then and Now
  • ASN 3143 Corporate Culture of China
  • ARH 4990 Contemporary Chinese Art
  • ASH 4404 History of China
  • CHI 4930 Chinese Literature and Cinema
  • CHT 3502 Chinese Culture and Society
  • CPO 4541 Politics of China
  • INR 4232 International Relations of China
  • INR 4707 The Political Economy of China
  • REL 3318 Chinese Religion and Culture
  • SYD 4654 State and Society in China

Asian Area Studies Electives (9 credits)

choose three courses (9 credits) from the following approved list of courses:

Please check the full list of course offerings that can be applied to this requirement.

  • ASN 3200 Asia Through Film
  • ASN 4810 East Asian Texts in Translation
  • ASH 4300 East Asian Civilizations and Cultures
  • ARH 4552 Art of China & Japan
  • CPO 4507 Comparative Political Economy of Asia
  • EDF 4954 Art Education Abroad in China
  • INR 3224 International Relations of East Asia
  • REL 3310 Introduction to Asian Religions
  • REL 3314 Religions of the Silk Road
  • REL 4311 Religious Classics of Asia

NOTE: Please see an advisor for other approved courses.

Chinese Language Courses (9 credits)

Students complete two and a half years of Chinese language. Select three courses (9 credits) from the list below of intermediate Chinese language courses (2000 level or above). First year language courses (CHI 1130 Chinese I and CHI 1131 Chinese II) are prerequisites and do not count towards the BA in Asian Studies, Chinese Area Studies major.

If a student can demonstrate proficiency at this level, additional area studies courses would be required); advanced language courses can fulfill the elective requirements.

  • CHI 2200 Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHI 2201 Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHI 3400 Intermediate Chinese Conversation
  • CHI 3410 Advanced Chinese I
  • CHI 3440 Business Chinese

If you have any advising questions or a question about a specific course, please email