Jun 25, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 

Asian and Asian American Studies Major (BA)

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Asian and Asian American 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.  Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/ba-asian-studies.

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 disciplines of Asian Studies and Asian American Studies.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the wide range of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander cultures and communities
  3. Recognize the historical and contemporary significance of Asia and the Pacific in world politics
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the dynamic traditions and practices of one or more Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander groups
  5. Describe and analyze historical sources, literary texts, and popular and material culture of Asia, the Pacific, and Asian America.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to recognize and understand the complex political and economic relationships within Asia and the Pacific and the United States, as well as between other regions in an increasingly globalized world

University Graduation Requirements

Asian and Asian American Studies

The Asian and Asian American Studies program focuses on the dynamic social, cultural, political, linguistic, literary, artistic, and historical aspects Asian and Asian American life. The program’s transnational emphasis and research-intensive curriculum trains students in diverse areas of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Asian American communities, especially the historical experiences and contemporary practices and lifeways of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Thai, Vietnamese, indigenous Hawaiian, and other Asian/Pacific Islanders. The degree prepares students for careers in government and teaching, as well as in areas of international business, law, consulting, tourism, and media.

Asian and Asian American Studies Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal 37-40 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 Asian and Asian American Studies - Subtotal: 51 Credits

Additional Major Requirements - Credits: 18

  • Foreign Language/Foreign Culture - Credits: 6
  • Social Science from three different areas - Credits: 9
  • Fine Arts - Credits: 3

Asian and Asian American Studies Major Requirements - Credits: 33

The following courses have been approved to fulfill the AIS course requirements for either a Bachelor of Arts in Asian and Asian American Studies or a Minor in Asian and Asian American Studies. Students must complete at least 18 credit hours in upper-division (300 or above) courses for the AIS major.

Required core courses: 12 credits

Asian and Asian American Studies Electives: 21 credits (18 credits must be 300 level or above)

Note: Students must complete 15 credits in one group (which will be their “concentration”) and at least 6 credits in the other group.

Group A: Asian Studies
Group B: Asian American Studies

Group A: Asian Studies

General Electives - Credits: 29-32

Total Credits: 120


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.

ART 495  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.

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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