Asian Studies

 

Asian Studies is part of the International & Area Studies program and is designed for students who want to focus their studies on the culture and society of the following subregions: Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia.

Programs Offered:

 

*Asian Studies majors (not minors) are required to achieve intermediate level of any modern foreign language related to the area (e.g., Chinese 6 or 6A, Filipino 6, Hindi-Urdu 6, Indonesian 6, Japanese 6, Korean 6, Thai 6, Vietnamese 6).  

Asian Studies Major

The Asian Studies Major consists of 6 preparation courses, the language requirement, and 12 Upper Division classes. Students in the major have options to study abroad, participate in research, and complete internships associated with their major. Some students choose to double-major with other programs on campus, and several choose to add a minor.

 

Asian Studies Major Requirements Worksheet

 

Quick Facts:

  • Required to take International & Area Studies 1 (offered typically in Fall Quarter or Summer), MUST receive a "C" or better
  • Language requirement (for details click here) 
  • Required to take International & Area Studies 191 (Senior Seminar)
  • Study Abroad courses may apply towards major credit, consult with one of our counselors
  • Departmental Honors program is open to eligible students during their last year

 

How to Declare the Major:

Students can declare the major after completing the 6 preparation courses with a 2.0 GPA and one year of language.* For more information click here.


*Completion of the elementary year of the foreign language is acceptable when applying for the major. Completion of the intermediate year of the foreign language is required to fulfill all preparation requirements, but can be done after being accepted to the major. The minimum prep GPA of 2.00 will still need to be met with the inclusion of this course.

 

East Asian Studies Minor

 

The East Asian Studies Minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major with concerted study of the history, culture, and society of East Asia -which includes China, Korea, and Japan- from an interdisciplinary and modern perspective. 

Photo: Kumano Nachi Taisha, Japan

 

 

 

East Asian Studies Minor Requirements Worksheet

 

Quick Facts:

  • To enter the minor, students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better and have completed 45 units. 
  • No more than 10 units (2 courses, lower or upper division) may be applied towards both the student's major and this minor.
  • All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade (contact I A STD Counselor for exceptions due to COVID-19).

 

To declare the minor, please click here.

 

South Asian Studies Minor

 

Gateway of India          Bangladesh

Left: Gateway of India, Right: Bangladesh


The South Asian Studies Minor, which is part of the International & Area Studies IDP, is designed for students who wish to augment their major with concerted study of the history, culture, and society of South Asia -which includes Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and the Maldives - from an interdisciplinary and modern perspective.

 

South Asian Studies Minor Requirements Worksheet

 

Quick Facts:

  • To enter the minor, students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better and have completed 45 units. 
  • No more than 10 units (2 courses, lower or upper division) may be applied towards both the student's major and this minor.
  • All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade (contact I A STD Counselor for exceptions due to COVID-19).

 

To declare the minor, please click here.

 

Southeast Asian Studies Minor

 

            

Left: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Right: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

 

The Southeast Asian Studies Minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major with concerted study of the history, culture, and society of Southeast Asia -which includes Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, and East Timor- from an interdisciplinary and modern perspective. 

 

Southeast Asian Studies Minor Requirements Worksheet


Quick Facts:

  • To enter the minor, students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better and have completed 45 units. 
  • No more than 10 units (2 courses, lower or upper division) may be applied towards both the student's major and this minor.
  • All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade  (contact I A STD Counselor for exceptions due to COVID-19).

 

To Declare the Minor, please click here

 

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INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES
FACULTY ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE 2021-22

Adam Moore, Chair, International & Area Studies

Jennifer J. Chun, Ph.D., Asian American Studies, International Institute
Robin L. H. Derby, Ph.D., History
Nile S. Green, Ph.D., History, International Institute
Patrick C. Heuveline, Ph.D., International Institute, Sociology
Namhee Lee, Ph.D., Asian Languages and Cultures
Adam D. Moore, Ph.D., Geography, International Institute
Helen M. Rees, Ph.D., Ethnomusicology
Bonnie Taub, Ph.D., Public Health
Kevin B. Terraciano, Ph.D., History
Michael Thies, Ph.D., Political Science
Jennifer Jung-Kim, Ph.D., Asian Languages & Cultures, ex officio

ACADEMIC COUNSELING

Our office is currently closed for in-person advising, however we are open virtually and advisors are available via Zoom and email.  

We strive to provide holistic and comprehensive support to our students through one-on-one advising, workshops, and events that focus on academic and professional planning, exploration of research, internship opportunities, and experiences abroad. 

Magda Yamamoto

Graduate & Undergraduate Counselor

Magda's Appointments

Olivia Gonzalez

Undergraduate Counselor

Olivia's Appointments

We can assist you with:

  • Major, pre-major, and minor questions and petitions to declare (I A STD & Global Health)
  • Educational planning and course sequencing
  • Course petitions and substitutions
  • DARS updates for major/minor
  • Enrollment questions for I A STD and Global Health courses
  • Contract courses (I A STD 195CE & 198A/B/C, GH 199)
  • Exploration of research, Departmental Honors, internship/career opportunities, and study abroad
  • Graduation checks

Contact Us

Please include your name and UID in all emails.

Undergraduate Advising: undergrads@international.ucla.edu

 Graduate Advising: idpgrads@international.ucla.edu 

  Make a virtual advising appointment with Magda or Olivia (Email us if you need accommodations for same day or outside office hours appointments)

    Bunche Hall 10256 & 10254**

    (310) 206-6571**

**Please note, our physical office spaces and phone lines are closed until further notice.

Mailing Address:
Academic Counselor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487


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