Courses must be chosen from the approved list in consultation with the program director.
6 language courses beyond the first year in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, or Korean. Native-speaker proficiency does not count for course credit.
11 additional courses
9 courses distributed among the three disciplinary categories:
3 in history
3 in social sciences (including anthropology, economics, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology)
3 in humanities (including art history, art theory and practice, comparative literary studies, philosophy, and religious studies)
2 additional courses from any of the three disciplinary categories
At least 6 of these 11 courses must focus on one of three culturally differentiated areas: East Asia, Southeast Asia, or South Asia. The focus typically corresponds to the language specialization.
At least 2 must be research courses related to the major, including research seminars (i.e., courses titled "research seminar" or, with permission, other advanced seminars), independent studies, or a senior thesis. Students are expected to produce an independent research paper approximately 18-20 pages in length in each course.
At most 2 courses may be double-counted toward another major.
The major also requires a study abroad experience in Asia, although students may petition for a waiver of this requirement.
*Students who matriculated before September 2013 have the option of pursuing the “Asian Languages and Civilizations” major that was listed in the catalog when they entered NU. The requirements are the same. The name “Asian Studies” is meant to more accurately represent the interdisciplinary nature of the program and to differentiate our curriculum from that of the new Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, which will offer its own, similarly named major Back to top