3150 Asian Studies

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Asian Studies

The program in Asian Studies provides students an opportunity to acquire a career-oriented range of skills and knowledge of this important and unique region by choosing from a large number of courses offered at Georgia State in a range of departments.

The faculty advisers for this program is Ghulam Nardi, Department of History.

Program Admission

A 2.0 Georgia State University GPA is required in order to apply to the program. Application materials can be obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance, 418 Langdale Hall, 404/413-5000. Students should apply to the program by the time they have earned 42 credit hours to avoid a delay in graduation.

Program Degree Requirements

Please refer to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies section 3030.30 of this catalog for academic regulations for this program. Requirements follow a student’s catalog edition (year when B.I.S. major was approved).

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

Courses used to fulfill the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses for each B.I.S. program will not count towards the rules of Area G — no more than three to four 3-4 credit hour courses (12 hours) from a single discipline — nor of Area H — no more than two 3-4 credit hour courses (6-8 hours) can be taken within a single discipline.

B.I.S. with a Concentration in Asian Studies

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

  1. Area C: CHIN 1002CHIN 2002 or JAPN 1002JAPN 2002 (recommended-only if not counting in Area F)
  2. Area D: GEOG 1112GEOG 1113 Introduction to Weather and Climate/Introduction to Landforms (recommended)
  3. Area E: HIST 1111/ HIST 1112 World History before/after 1500; or POLS 2401 Global Issues (recommended)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Required Language: Choose either Japanese or Chinese
  2. Select additional courses to reach 18 hours in area:

Area G: Area of Concentration (27-33)

No more than three to four 3-4 credit hour courses (12 hours) can be taken within a single discipline.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    Select two courses. 1) One course from the below list of CTW courses or other CTW courses approved for GSU undergraduate majors and 2) one course numbered 4995 or CHIN 3081. Students are encouraged to take CHIN 3080 as their first CTW course, which is designed with Asian Studies BIS majors in mind.  Students taking other CTW courses should consult with a coordinator and, when necessary, add to their list of courses any prerequisites or recommended courses.

    • AL 3031 Language in Society-CTW (3) (This course has a prerequisite of AL 3021 Intro to Linguistics.)
    • CHIN 3080 Topics in Chinese Studies (3)
    • CHIN 3081 Cultural Dimensions of Language Learning (3)
    • ECON 3900 Macroeconomics (3)
    • ENGL 3040 Introduction to Literary Studies (3)
    • ENGL 3050 Introduction to Rhetoric and Advanced Composition (3)
    • POLS 3800 Introduction to Political Research (3)
    • RELS 3750 Introduction to Methods and Theories (3)
    • SOCI 4800 CTW in General Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 4801 CTW in Families, Health and Life Course (3)
    • SOCI 4802 CTW in Gender and Sexuality (3)
    • SOCI 4803 CTW in Race and Urban Studies (3)
    • WGSS 3010 Feminist Theories (3)
  2. Required Language Courses (Chinese or Japanese) (6)


  3. Comprehensive Electives 15-21 hours (No more than 12 hours from any one department. Select from the courses below or other appropriate courses in consultation with the faculty coordinator.)

Area H: Allied Fields (choose one) (15-21)

No more than two 3-4 credit hour courses (6-8 hours) can be taken within a single discipline.

  • International Business Practices
    • BUSA 3000* Globalization and Business Practice (3)
    • ECON 4800 International Trade (3)
    • ECON 4810 International Finance (3)
    • FI 3300* Corporation Finance (3)
    • IB 3090 Introduction to International Business (3)
    • MGS 3400* Managing People in Organizations (3)
    • MK 3010* Basic Marketing (3)
      *These courses are prerequisites for the Master in International Business (M.I.B.)
  • Language Studies (choose no more than two courses with the same prefix)
  • Society and Culture
  • Japanese Studies*
    • AH 4670 Art of Japan (3)
    • JAPN 3013 Intensive Grammar Review (3)
    • JAPN 3081 Japanese Language and Society (3)
    • JAPN 3082 Reading and Writing in Japanese (3)
    • HIST 3700 China and Japan to 1600 (4) (if not taken in Area G)
    • HIST 3710 China and Japan since 1600 (4) (if not taken in Area G)
    • POLS 4256 Politics and Political Economy of Japan (3) (if not taken in Area G)
      *JAPN 3012 Advanced Japanese IV (required for this Allied Field.)
  • Chinese Studies
    • CHIN 3080 Topics in Chinese Studies (CTW) (3) (if not taken in Area G)
    • CHIN 3081 Cultural Dimensions of Language Learning (CTW) (3) (if not taken in Area G)
    • CHIN 3395 Study Abroad (3)
    • CHIN 3396 Study Abroad (3)
    • CHIN 3397 Study Abroad (3)
    • HIST 3700 China and Japan to 1600 (4) (if not taken in Area G)
    • HIST 3710 China and Japan since 1600 (4) (if not taken in Area G)
    • HIST 4890 Topics in World History (3-4) (if China) (if not taken in Area G)
    • IB 4030 China and International Business (3)
    • POLS 4257 Chinese Politics (3)
    • POLS 4290 Studies in Comparative Politics (if China-related) (if not in Area G) (3)
    • POLS 4465 China in the International System
    • POLS 4490 Studies in International Relations (if China-related) (3) (if not taken in Area G)
    • POLS 4900 Senior Seminar – CTW (if China) (3) (if not taken in Area G)
    • PT 3660 Com & Alternative Therapies (3)
    • PT 4130 Tai Chi: Therapeutic Exercise (3)
    • PT 4140 Tai Chi: Therapeutic Exercise (3)
    • RELS 4615/PHIL 4615 Buddhism (3) (if not taken in Area G)
    • RELS 4620/ PHIL 4620 Confucianism and Taoism (3) (if not taken in Area G)
    • RELS 4622 Classical Chinese Philosophy (3) (if not taken in Area G)
    • RELS 4628 Topics in Asian Religion (if China-related) (3) (if not taken in Area G)
      Related courses not yet available at Georgia State University are offered at Emory and Georgia Tech; such courses may be considered for a limited number of credits.

Area I: Electives

Electives are used to have 39 hours at Georgia State University taken at the 3000-4000 level for residency and complete 120 hours required for graduation.

Area J: Study Abroad/International Student Exchange Programs

Students are strongly recommended to consider a semester study abroad. Please contact Dr. Yuki Takatori or Dr. Kim D. Reimann for information concerning International Student Exchange Programs with Japan and Korea. For general information about study abroad in different countries of Asia, contact Study Abroad Programs, Office of International Initiatives (404-413-2529).

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This program offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the program director for the specific criteria for this honor.