Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies

In order to provide students with the skills needed in a globalized world that increasingly pivots on Asia, Montana State University offers an interdisciplinary Asian studies major.  Besides taking core Asian studies courses, students can choose between a Japan Focus and China Focus.

Required Courses for Japan Focus

Core Asian Studies Requirements (take three of the following: 9-12 credits)9-12
Contemporary Japan
Historical and Literary Journey into Modern China
Chinese Culture & Civilization
Modern Asia
Reinventing Japan
Japanese Culture & Civ
Philosophies of Asia
Buddhist Traditions
Japan Focus
1. Japanese Language Requirement (16 credits)
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
2. Japan Courses (take six courses of the following: 18 credits)18
Sex, Gender, Sexuality Japan
Popular Culture - Japan
Social Movements in Japan
History of Asian Art and Architecture
East Asia in the Global System
Age of the Shoguns
Japan's Meiji Revolution
Gender in Asia
Gender in Japan
Environ, Health & Sci in Japan
Japanese Adv Conversations
Classical Japanese Literature
Modern Japanese Literature
Outcast Literature
Japanese Adv Reading & Grammar
Japanese Text and Cinema
3. Japan Research Experience (3 credits):3
Undergraduate Research and Instruction
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research
Sen Capstone: Hist Methodology
Sem: Japanese Lit and Culture
Other courses approved by a faculty advisor
University core and electives71-74
Total Credits120

Course Substitutions: Other appropriate courses, including those taken abroad, may be substituted with the approval of an Asian Studies Advisor.

Study Abroad: Montana State maintains active exchange programs with overseas universities, including ones throughout Asia.  Students may spend an entire academic year abroad while paying Montana State tuition.  Contact the Office of International Programs for more information.

Graduation Requirements:  A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be upper-division.

Required Courses for China Focus

Core Asian Studies Requirements (take three of the following: 9-12 credits)9-12
Contemporary Japan
Historical and Literary Journey into Modern China
Chinese Culture & Civilization
Modern Asia
Reinventing Japan
Japanese Culture & Civ
Philosophies of Asia
Buddhist Traditions
China Focus
1. Chinese Language Requirement (16 credits):
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese II
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
2. China courses (take six courses of the following: 18 credits)18
History of Asian Art and Architecture
History of Chinese Cinema
East Asia in the Global System
Modern China
Gender in Asia
Science and Medicine in China
World Environmental History
Special Topics
Other courses in Chinese history designed by Professor Maggie Greene
3. Chinese Research Experience (3 credits):3
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research
Sen Capstone: Hist Methodology
Undergraduate Research
Independent Study
Other courses approved by a faculty advisor
University core and electives71-74
Total credits120

Course Substitutions:  Other appropriate courses, including those taken abroad, may be substituted with the approval of an Asian Studies Advisor.

Study Abroad: Montana State maintains active exchange programs with overseas universities, including ones throughout Asia.  Students may spend an entire academic year abroad while paying Montana State tuition.  Contact the Office of International Programs for more information.

Graduation Requirements:  A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be upper-division.