B.A. in Asian Studies


Students interested in the B.A. in Asian Studies can complete the FIU Undergraduate Admissions on-line application.


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 College of Arts and Sciences.

Core Course (3 credits)

  • ASN 3410 Introduction to East Asia

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • ASN 4510 Dynamics of Asia OR ASN 4390 Modern Asia


Language Requirement (6 credits)

Students must achieve intermediate level proficiency (four semesters) of an Asian language (i.e. Chinese or Japanese; other Asian languages may apply) unless pursuing Asian World Affairs Track (see below). If a student tests out of language courses, s/he must fulfill the requirements with additional course work.

Students may also receive credits through Study Abroad in Asia and Internship programs!

Concentration Coursework (24 credits)

All Asian Studies students are required to take courses in the following areas:

  • Main Concentration (6 credits, see below)
  • Asian Cultural Studies (9 credits)
  • International Political Economy of Asia (9 credits)

For the main concentration, students will choose from four tracks: International Political Economy of Asia, Asian Cultural Studies, East Asian Studies, and Asian World Affairs. Students may also take up to six (6) credits in independent studies.


All majors must select one of the following concentrations within the B.A.

Asian Cultural Studies Concentration

The Asian Cultural Studies concentration emphasizes the humanities and arts disciplinary approaches. This track includes area studies and/or language courses.

International Political Economy of Asia Concentration

The International Political Economy concentration emphasizes social scientific studies involving economic, international relations, politics, and sociology. This track includes area studies and/or language courses.

East Asian Studies Concentration

The East Asian Studies concentration emphasizes advanced language studies by requiring six (6) semesters of Chinese, Japanese or other Asian language, which may be done with:

  1. six (6) semesters in one Asian language, or
  2. four (4) semesters in one Asian language and two (2) semesters in another Asian language (only 6 credits will be counted from the second language for this requirement).

Asian World Affairs Concentration

The Asian World Affairs Track is designed for students who have a special interest in Asia and the role of the region in contemporary world affairs. In the 21st century, it is crucial for students interested in current issues of Asian economies and policies, trade and investment, and cross-cultural exchanges and intellectual activities to be well-versed in an interdisciplinary study of the area. Familiarity with a relevant Asian language is required for students to better understand Asia and world affairs.

Asian Studies B.A. Program

The Asian Studies B.A. enhances the mission of Florida International University to achieve excellence in diverse aspects of its international studies programming. This degree is designed for students who possess a desire for intellectual growth that focuses on their interest in Asia. It serves the urban population of Miami, which seeks employment opportunities and economic advancement through cultural and commercial connections with Asia. The study of this increasingly important world region, with an emphasis on China, Japan, India, and Central and Southeast Asia, provides a multidisciplinary approach covering the languages and culture, philosophy and religion, arts and literature, as well as issues in history, politics, geography, sociology/anthropology, international relations, education and business.

The degree provides students with a foundation in the traditional cultures and modern socio-economic societies of Asia and its dynamics in the global environment. Asian Studies provides instruction, advising, and experiential opportunities for students in an environment promoting scholarship, critical thinking, free inquiry, and clear and candid communication.

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