Oct 27, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 

Asian Studies Major (BA)

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Asian Studies Major- Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Please see the UNLV College of Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Degrees web page at www.unlv.edu/interdisciplinary/ for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.

Please see advising information at the UNLV Wilson Advising Center at www.liberalarts.unlv.edu/WAC/.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Learning Objectives

  1. Acquire knowledge of the discipline of Asian Studies.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the wide range of Asian cultures
  3. Recognize the historical and contemporary importance of Asia in world politics
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the philosophical traditions of one or more Asian cultures
  5. Describe and analyze literary texts and artifacts of an Asian culture
  6. Demonstrate the ability to recognize and understand the complex political and economic relationships within Asia and between Asia and other regions in an increasingly globalized world

University Graduation Requirements

Asian Studies

The Asian Studies program focuses on the distinctive cultural, political, linguistic, literary, artistic, and historical aspects of Asian and Asian-American life. Students are trained in diverse areas of Asian civilization, especially the traditions and contemporary societies of China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, and Philippines, and other Asian countries. The degree prepares students for careers in government and teaching, as well as in areas of international business, consulting, and media.

Asian Studies Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal 36-40 credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 4-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirements - Credits:18-19

Please see Distribution Requirements   for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 Credits
    • Two courses 3 credits each from two different humanities areas - 6 credits
    • One course in fine arts- 3 credits
  • Social Science
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 9-10 credits

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students

Major Degree Requirements - BA in Art - Asian Studies - Subtotal: 51 Credits

Electives - Credits: 29-33

Total Credits: 120


  1. Courses taken in any one Asian language with a grade of C or better may be applied toward the needed electives with a total of eight to ten credits for the major and three to six credits for the minor.
  2.   may be taken only when the topic is Asian Art. Art Department pre-requisites may be waived for Asian Studies majors for upper division Asian Art courses by permission of the instructor.
  3. Students are required to follow standard university policies requiring pre-requisite fulfillment unless prior arrangements are made with advisors and instructors.


See the Asian Studies website at liberalarts.unlv.edu/interdisciplinary/ASIANSTUDIES2.html for a complete listing of Asian Studies Faulty and Asian Studies program committee members.

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