Fully Online BA in Asian Studies

The Asian Studies B.A. degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career that focuses on the region. Classes emphasize a multidisciplinary approach of study and cover language and culture, philosophy and religion, as well as arts and literature. With an in-depth look at China, Japan, India, and Central and Southeast Asia, the program also includes courses on issues in history, politics, geography, sociology/anthropology, international relations, education and business in the global environment. Moreover, classes provide relevant and current instruction, advising, and experiential opportunities for students in an environment that promotes scholarship, critical thinking, free inquiry and clear and candid communication.

Through this program, students become intellectual analysts of the region’s innate culture and shared history in order to discern current and future demands of industries worldwide.

Major Requirements (36 Credits)

Students must complete all University Core Curriculum, University, and Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs requirements. 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 Course (3 credits)

  • ASN 3410 Introduction to East Asia (fulfills the Global Learning UCC Foundations OR Discipline-Specific; and the Gordon Rule with Writing)

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • ASH 4300 East Asian Civilizations

ASN-prefix Courses (9 credits)

Students will complete 9 credits of any course with the ASN-prefix that is offered fully online.

Some examples include:

  • ASN 3016 China Then and Now
  • ASN 3125 Spirituality of Japan
  • ASN 3143 Corporate Culture of China (Discipline-Specific Global Learning)
  • ASN 3200 Asia Through Film
  • ASN 3202 Japanese Anime and Manga
  • ASN 3329 Women in Asian Society
  • ASN 3403 Zen and the Art of Tea Ceremony I
  • ASN 4404 Zen and the Art of Tea Ceremony II (no prerequisites required)
  • ASN 3410 Introduction to East Asia
  • ASN 3414 Visual Cultures of East Asia
  • ASN 3503 Exploring East Asia: Virtual Reality Travel
  • ASN 4111 Japan and the New East
  • ASN 4810 East Asian Texts in Translation

Asia-Related Courses (9 credits)

Students will complete 9 credits of Asia-related online courses. Courses can be from multidisciplinary approaches covering the humanities and arts and/or the social scientific studies which have a focus in Asian Studies. Students are encouraged to complete their coursework on areas including: Art & Art History, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Sociology/Anthropology.

Asia-related courses that are available online include but is not limited to the following:

  • ANT 3241 Myth, Rituals, Mysticism
  • ANT 3451 Anthropology of Race/Ethnicity
  • ASH 3223 Middle East 1800-present
  • ASH 3440 History of Japan
  • ASH 4404 History of China
  • CPO 3403 Politics of the Middle East
  • CPO 4401 Arab-Israeli Conflicts
  • DSC 4012 Global Terrorism
  • ECS 3200 Economics of Asia
  • FIN 4604 International Financial Management
  • GEO 3421 Cultural Geography
  • HFT 3713 International Travel and Tourism
  • INR 3081 Contemporary International Problems
  • INR 3226 International Relations of Central Asia
  • INR 3703 International Political Economy
  • INR 4082 Islam and International Relations
  • REL 3308 Studies in World Religions
  • REL 3316 Healing in Asian Religions
  • SYP 3456 Societies in the World
  • WST 3015 Introduction to Global Gender and Women's Studies

Language Requirement (6 credits)

Students must complete two semesters of an Asian language (i.e. Japanese, Chinese, or other Asian languages may apply). Only levels one and two are available online. If a student tests out of language courses, s/he must fulfill the requirements with additional coursework.

  • JPN 1130 Japanese I (or other Asian language Level 1)
  • JPN 1131 Japanese II (or other Asian language Level 2)

Main Concentration (6 credits)

To satisfy this requirement, students should take additional courses in contemporary and/or comparative Asian issues in the area of choice from ASN- or Asia-related courses (see above).

Students may also request up to six (6) credits in independent studies and may receive credits through Study Abroad courses or an Internship program.

Selected sample of courses (see list of courses above, or contact an advisor for other possible courses available online):

  • ASN 3016 China Then and Now
  • ASN 3143 Corporate Culture China
  • ASN 4111 Japan and the New East
  • JPN 3500 Japanese Culture and Society
  • REL 3340 Survey of Buddhism

If you have any advising questions or a question about a specific course, please email asian@fiu.edu.