The School of Humanities and The School of Social Sciences
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies offers a comprehensive overview of the geography, history, people and their movements, and cultures of Asia. At the same time, the Asian Studies BA is structured to train students as strong researchers.
Upon completing the BA degree, students majoring in Asian Studies will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Asian Studies (ASIA) must complete:
All departmental course offerings (ASIA), many of which are cross-listed, may be used to satisfy the major requirements. Additionally, any other course that has high Asian content can be applied toward the major with the director's approval.
INTRODUCTORY COURSEStudents must complete the following course to satisfy the Introductory Course requirement:
CAPSTONE COURSEStudents must complete the following course to satisfy the Capstone Course requirement:
ELECTIVESTo fulfill the remaining Asian Studies major requirements, students must complete a total of 8 additional courses (24 credit hours) from course offerings with predominantly Asia content, which can be found below. Of these eight courses, up to four may be language courses in a single Asian language (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, or Russian). Students must demonstrate advanced language proficiency in an Asian language, and this proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by courses taken at Rice University, through AP credit received, or other means. Students are encouraged to consult with a Major Advisor regarding this point.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
*NOTE: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Asian Studies undergraduate degree and major. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject: ASIADepartment Description and Code - Asian Studies: ASIADegree Description and Code - Bachelor of Arts degree: BAMajor Description and Code - Major in Asian Studies: ASIA
Asian Studies does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, for Asian Studies can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Asian Studies, see the department's website: https://chaocenter.rice.edu/home.aspx.