3150 Asian Studies

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Asian Studies

Program Coordinator: Ghulam Nadri, gnadri@gsu.edu, Department of History

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program in Asian Studies offers students an opportunity to acquire knowledge of this important and unique world region and a career-oriented range of skills. It allows students to follow a course plan with concentration in international business and economy. By taking a set of courses, students may also take a minor in international business. For students interested in teaching English in China, Japan, Korea, or elsewhere in Asia, it allows a concentration in English as a Second Language (ESL) with an option to obtain a TEFL certificate from the Department of Applied Linguistics (TEFL Certificate). Students interested in Asian societies and cultures will have the option to concentrate in Chinese, Japanese, or Indian/South Asian studies. It allows students to choose from a large pool of courses (taught by GSU faculty experts in their regions and disciplines) appropriate to their areas of concentration.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts students should also consult regularly with the faculty program coordinator for the specific program regarding course selection, program plans, experiential learning, and other academic opportunities.

Program Admission

A 2.0 Georgia State University GPA is required in order to apply to the program. Application mat1erials can be obtained from the college Office of Academic Assistance (see above). 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).

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum Recommendations

While students are free to choose from the available courses in Areas A-E, the following are recommended choices for students in the Asian Studies BIS.

  1. Area B:
    • PERS 2001: Perspectives on Comparative Culture (2)
    • PERS 2002: Scientific Perspectives on Global Problems (2)
    • PERS 2003: Perspectives on Human Expression (2)
  2. Area C:
    1. Humanities Group: RELS 2001 Intro to World Religions (3)
    2. World Languages Group:

Note: Students studying a new language for the first time must start at 1001, which can count in Area F.

  1. Area D:
    • GEOG 1112 Introduction to Weather and Climate (3)
    • GEOG 1113 Introduction to Landforms (3)
  2. Area E:
    • Global Group:
    • Social Science Foundations Group:
      • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
      • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Required introductory course: (3)
  2. Required Language: Choose courses from one of the following. (6-9 credit hours)
    • ARBC 1001ARBC 2002 Elementary/Intermediate Arabic
    • CHIN 1001CHIN 2002 Elementary/Intermediate Chinese
    • JAPN 1001JAPN 2002 Elementary/Intermediate Japanese
    • KORE 1001 – KORE 2002] Elementary/Intermediate Korean
      Note: AP Students may only take 2002-level language course in Area F unless taking a different language.
  3. Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours Area F:
    • General electives:
    • Recommended for students concentrating in international business and economy:
    • Recommended for students concentrating in ESL or interested in TEFL certificate:
      • AL 2021 Introduction to English Linguistics (3)
      • AL 2101 Introduction to Language (3)
      • AL 2102 Languages of the World (3)
      • SCOM 2900 Intercultural Communication (3)

Area G: Area of Concentration (27-33)

No more than four 3 credit hour courses or three 4 credit hour courses with same prefix (12 hours) can be taken, excluding CTW.

Courses followed by an asterisk (*) have prerequisites. Asian Studies majors may be exempted from a prerequisite for some of the Economics courses through instructor’s permission. See the Asian Studies program coordinator for additional information.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (3-4)
    Select one CTW course from below.

    • AL 4151 Communication across Cultures-CTW (3)
    • AL 4241 Senior Seminar in Applied Linguistics-CTW (3)
    • ARBC 4501 Classical Arabic Literature and Culture-CTW (3)
    • ARBC 4502 Modern Arabic Literature and Culture-CTW (3)
    • BUSA 3000 Globalization and Business Practice-CTW (3)
    • CHIN 3080 Topics in Chinese Studies (3)
    • CHIN 3081 Cultural Dimensions of Language Learning (3)
    • CHIN 4995 Directed Readings BIS (CTW) (3)
    • ECON 3900 Macroeconomics-CTW (3)*
    • ENGL 3040 Introduction to Literary Studies-CTW (3)
    • ENGL 3050 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition-CTW (3)
    • HIST 3000 Introduction to Historical Studies (4)
    • POLS 3800 Introduction to Political Research-CTW (3)
    • RELS 3750 Theories and Methods in Religious Studies-CTW (3)
  2. Required Language Courses (6):
  3. Asian Studies in Context (17-24 credit hours):
    1. Study abroad (to Asia) or Asia-related internships (3-6 credit hours) (recommended).
    2. History, Politics, and Economy (6-12 credit hours):
    3. Language, Society, and Culture (6-12 credit hours):
      • AL 3031 Language in Society (3)
      • AL 3051 Methods of Teaching EFL (3)
      • AL 3101 English Grammar in Use (3)
      • ARBC 4890 Independent Study (3)
      • AH 4680 Art of Korea (3)
      • CHIN 3080 Topics in Chinese Studies (CTW) (3)
      • CHIN 3081 Cultural Dimensions of Language Learning-CTW (3)
      • [FILM 4180] International Cinema (3)
      • [FILM 4185] Global Media and Culture (3)
      • JAPN 3012 Advanced Japanese IV (3)
      • JAPN 3013 Intensive Grammar Review (3)
      • JAPN 3081 Japanese Language and Society (3)
      • JAPN 3082 Reading and Writing in Japanese (3)
      • [JAPN 4990 Independent Study (3)
      • RELS 3260 Asian Religions in America (3)
      • RELS 3270 Religious Traditions of the World (3)
      • RELS 4270 Women and Religion (3)
      • RELS 4620 Confucianism and Taoism (3)
      • RELS 4625 Zen and Shinto (3)
      • RELS 4628 Topics in Asian Religions (3)
      • RELS 4650 Religion and Ethics (3)
      • SOCI 3315 Asian American Experience (3)
      • SOCI 4360 Religion and Society (3)
      • WGSS 4210 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
      • WGSS 4240 Sexuality and Gender in Asia (3)

AL 3051 AND AL 3101 ARE Required for TEFL certificate.

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

Choose one concentration. No more than two 3-4 credit hour courses (6-8 hours) with the same prefix can be taken.

Courses followed by an asterisk (*) have prerequisites. Asian Studies majors may be exempted from a prerequisite for some of the Economics or Applied Linguistics courses through instructor’s permission or departmental exam. See the Asian Studies program coordinator for additional information.

  • International Business Practices:
  • Language Instruction (English as a Second Language and TEFL):
    • AL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics (3)*
    • AL 3031 Language in Society (3)
    • AL 3041 Second Language Acquisition (3)*
    • AL 3051 Methods of Teaching EFL (3)*
    • AL 3101 English Grammar in Use (3)*
    • AL 4011 Phonetics and Phonology (3)
    • AL 4090 Language and Computers (3)
    • AL 4131 Bilingualism (3)
    • AL 4151 Communication across Cultures-CTW (3)
    • AL 4161 EFL Practicum (3)*
    • FORL 3022 Developing and Marketing Second Language Teaching Skills (3)
    • FORL 4021 Technology Integration for Foreign Language Teaching and Learning (3)
    • FORL 4025 Approaches to Early Language Learning, Grades P-8 (3)
    • FORL 4026 Approaches to Language Teaching, Grades 9-12 (3)
    • FORL 4060 Teaching Diverse World Language Learners – Internship (3)
    • JOUR 4650/MES 4600 International Communication/Journalism (3)
    • SCOM 4800 Communication and Diversity-CTW (3)
  • Chinese Studies:
    • GEOG 4406 Advanced Regional Geography (4) (if China included)
    • HIST 3700 China and Japan to 1600 (4)
    • HIST 3710 China and Japan since 1600 (4)
    • HIST 4890 Topics in World History (3-4) (if China included)
    • IB 4030 China and International Business (3)
    • POLS 4255 Politics and Political Economy of East Asia (3)
    • POLS 4257 Chinese Politics (3)
    • POLS 4290 Studies in Comparative Politics (3) (if China included)
    • POLS 4465 China in the International System (3)
    • POLS 4490 Studies in International Relations (3) (if China included)
    • RELS 4290 Pilgrimage (3) (if China included)
    • RELS 4620 Confucianism and Taoism (3)
    • RELS 4625 Zen and Shinto (3)
    • RELS 4628 Topics in Asian Religions (3) (if China included)
    • SOCI 3315 Asian American Experience (3)
  • Japanese Studies:
  • Indian/South Asian Studies:
    • GEOG 4406 Advanced Regional Geography (4) (if India/South Asia included)
    • HIST 3615 The Indian Ocean World (4)
    • HIST 3800 South Asia to 1757 (4)
    • HIST 3810 Modern India (4)
    • HIST 4890 Topics in World History (3-4) [if India/South Asia]
    • [PHIL 4610/RELS 4610] Hinduism (3)
    • [PHIL 4615/RELS 4615] Buddhism (3)
    • POLS 4258 Government and Politics of South Asia (3)
    • POLS 4285 Politics and Religion in Comparative Perspective (3) (if India)
    • POLS 4290 Studies in Comparative Politics (3) (if India/South Asia included)
    • RELS 4290 Pilgrimage (3) (if India/South Asia included)
    • RELS 4612 Hindu Sacred Myths and Epics (3)
    • RELS 4628 Topics in Asian Religions (3) (if Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism)
    • SOCI 4360 Religion and Society (3) (if on India/South Asia)
    • WGSS 4240 Sexuality and Gender in Asia (3) (if India/South Asia included)

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. For general information about study abroad in different countries of Asia, contact Study Abroad Programs, Office of International Initiatives (404-413-2529, mystudyabroad@gsu.edu).

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, Ghulam Nadri (gnadri@gsu.edu), for the specific criteria for this honor.