Sample Curriculum

The Asian Studies major requires 40 units of coursework, or about ten, four-unit classes. USF requires 44 units of prerequisites in the Core curriculum, and 128 units for graduation.

Students in Asian Studies have several options in building a framework of courses for their major. They may choose to focus on a particular region, such as South Asia (India, Sri Lanka), Japan, or China. They might also choose to emphasize a particular theme or topic across a range of Asian case studies (see below).

Here are two examples of a sample curriculum:

Regional Emphasis

1st Year

* Gateway course: East Asian Civilization (4 units)
* Gateway course: Asian Philosophy (4)

At this point, the student decides to study Chinese language and focus on the region of China.

2nd Year

* Intermediate Language Study: Chinese (4)
* Gateway course: Introduction to International Politics (4)
* Elective: Buddhist Paths in Asia (4)

3rd Year

* Elective: International Business (4, Regional Breadth requirement )
* Elective: Global Media (4)
* Elective: Literature of Japan, China (4)
* Summer intensive, full semester, or academic year abroad

4th Year

* Elective: History of U.S.-China Relations (4) ( Upper-level History requirement )
* Internship (2-4)
* Capstone Project (2-4)

Thematic Emphasis


Students might want to emphasize a particular theme or topic that extends throughout Asian societies. For example, a student interested in environmental issues in Asia might build a curriculum in this manner:

1st Year

* Gateway course: History of South and Southeast Asia (4 units)
* Gateway course: Religion and Spirituality in Asia (4)

2nd Year

* Intermediate Language Study: Japanese (4)
* Gateway course: Asian Politics, Activism & Justice (4)

3rd Year

* Elective: International Environmental Politics (4, Regional Breadth requirement )
* Elective: Political-Economy of Third World Development (4, Upper-level History requirement)
* Elective: Global Environmental Politics: International Law and Institutions (4)
* Summer intensive, full semester, or academic year abroad

4th Year

* Elective: Religion and the Environment (4)
* Elective: Economies of the Pacific Rim (4)
* Internship (2-4)
* Capstone Project (2-4)

In each case, students will consult with an academic advisor to make sure they meet both the requirements of the major as well as those of the College of Liberal Arts.