3150 Asian Studies

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Asian Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Minor in Asian Studies

Faculty 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 Georgia State faculty experts in their regions and disciplines) appropriate to their areas of concentration.

The minor in Asian Studies is an excellent complement to many other majors. Students pursuing a career in teaching English as a second language, international politics, international business, world history, world/comparative religions or another field, should consider a minor in Asian Studies as a way to strengthen their academic/professional credentials and increase marketable skills.

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

Students may enroll in a concentration upon admission to Georgia State University. Students who wish to change their major to this degree program should select a concentration in consultation with their academic advisor and the faculty coordinator. A 2.0 Georgia State University GPA is required.

Students who enroll in a concentration will be required to submit a course plan checklist to demonstrate their understanding of the degree requirements. It is highly recommended that students develop a course of study with their specific faculty coordinator before taking coursework in the degree program to avoid taking courses that will not count towards graduation.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Asian Studies

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).

Students must complete coursework in at least three disciplines (defined by course prefixes) in Area G and in at least two disciplines in Area H.  Areas G and H should be constructed so that students take courses in distinct disciplines in each area (with some overlap expected); that is, the same prefix should not predominate in both Area G and H.

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.

Area B:

  • PERS 2001 Perspectives on Comparative Culture (2)
  • PERS 2002 Scientific Perspectives on Global Problems (2)
  • PERS 2003 Perspectives on Human Expression (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.

Area D:

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)
  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)

Students must complete coursework in at least three disciplines (defined by course prefixes) in Area G.

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):
    1. Study abroad (to Asia) or Asia-related internships (3-6 credit hours) (recommended).
    2. History, Politics, and Economy (6-12):
    3. Language, Society, and Culture (6-12):

AL 3051 AND AL 3101 ARE Required for TEFL certificate.

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

Choose one concentration. Students must complete coursework in at least two disciplines (defined by course prefixes) in Area H.

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:
    • BUSA 3000 Globalization and Business Practice (3)*
    • ECON 4220 Environment Economics and Policy (3)*
    • ECON 4300 Economics of Cities (3)*
    • ECON 4600 Economic Development (3)*
    • ECON 4800 International Trade (3)*
    • ECON 4810 International Finance (3)*
    • FI 3300 Corporation Finance (3)*
    • FI 4040 Foundations in International Finance (3)
    • GEOG 4762 Economic Geography (3)
    • IB 3090 Introduction to International Business (3)
    • IB 4100 Intro to International Entrepreneurship (3)
    • LGLS 4080 Legal Issues in International Business (3)
    • MGS 3400 Managing People in Organizations (3)*
    • MK 3010 Basic Marketing (3)*
    • MK 4600 International Marketing (3)*
    • SOCI 3201 Wealth, Power, and Inequality (3)
    • SOCI 3208 Work and Employment (3)
  • 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:
  • Japanese Studies:
  • Indian/South Asian Studies:
    • GEOG 4406 Advanced Regional Geography (4) (if India/South Asia included)
    • GLOS 3800/HIST 3800 History of India (3)
    • GLOS 3850/HIST 3850 China, India, and Modern World Economy (3)
    • HIST 3615 The Indian Ocean World (4)
    • HIST 4890 Topics in World History (3-4) (if India/South Asia)
    • 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 4610 Hinduism (3)
    • RELS 4612 Hindu Sacred Myths and Epics (3)
    • RELS 4615 Buddhism (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.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Asian Studies

Requirements: 15-18 credit hours of Asia-related courses. A minimum grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor. No more than two courses (6-8 hours) may come from a single discipline/prefix. Courses counted toward the interdisciplinary minor cannot also count toward the major.

  1. Required introductory course (3):
  2. Required language course. Choose one Asian language course from the following (3):
    • ARBC 1002, ARBC 2001, or ARBC 2002 Elementary/Intermediate Arabic (3)
    • CHIN 1002CHIN 2001, or CHIN 2002  Elementary/Intermediate Chinese (3)
    • JAPN 1002, JAPN 2001, or JAPN 2002 Elementary/Intermediate Japanese (3)
    • KORE 1002KORE 2001, or KORE 2002 Elementary/Intermediate Korean (3)

      • The selected course should be in addition to the course used to fulfill requirements in Area F or Area G, if appropriate.
      • Students who are native speakers of one of the above languages must either take a course in another language or take four courses from section 3 below. Transfer students who have course credit in other Asian languages may apply these to the minor on approval of the minor faculty coordinator.
  3. Electives. Choose three courses from the following (9-12):