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.
*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).
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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
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
To declare the minor, please click here.
South Asian Studies Minor
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
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
To Declare the Minor, please click here.
The Academic Programs offered through the UCLA International Institute allow students to focus on a particular area of study - either a specific geographic area, or a global comparative and issue-oriented approach - through a variety of disciplines across campus. The Institute also offers its own courses taught by core teaching faculty under the following subject areas: African Studies, Global Health, Global Studies, International & Area Studies, International Development Studies, International Migration Studies, and Latin American Studies.
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