Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Asian Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Asian Studies

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Asian Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a broad historical and geographic knowledge about Asia as a transnational region.
  2. Design and execute independent research on Asia by using either social scientific or humanistic methods.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate Asian-language sources into academic research.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Asian Studies

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Asian Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements.
  • A minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • Demonstration of advanced language proficiency in a single Asian language.

All (ASIA) program course offerings, 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 or major advisor's approval.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Asian Studies30
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA degree with a Major in Asian Studies120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirement
ASIA 295INTRODUCTION TO TRANSNATIONAL ASIAN STUDIES3
Elective Requirements
Select 8 additional courses from course offerings with predominantly Asian content (see below for course list) 124
Capstone Course
ASIA 495ASIAN STUDIES RESEARCH SEMINAR3
Advanced Language Proficiency
Students must demonstrate advanced language proficiency in a single Asian language 1
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Asian Studies30
University Graduation Requirements *90
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information

Elective Requirements

Students must complete a total of 8 courses (24 credit hours) from course offerings with predominantly Asian content, which can be found below. Of these 8 courses, up to 4 may be language courses in a single Asian language (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, or Russian).   

Architecture/Art History
ARCH 331 / HART 321IMPERIAL CITY: ISTANBUL 1453-19223
Asian Studies
ASIA 211 / HART 211 / HIST 206INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN CIVILIZATIONS3
ASIA 218 / HIST 218 / FILM 218HISTORY THROUGH FILM IN EAST AND NORTHEAST ASIA3
ASIA 221 / RELI 221THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD3
ASIA 222 / ENGL 222THE WORLD AND SOUTH ASIA3
ASIA 230 / RELI 230ASIAN RELIGIONS IN AMERICA3
ASIA 231 / RELI 231AMERICAN METAPHYSICAL RELIGION3
ASIA 232 / RELI 232RELIGIONS FROM INDIA3
ASIA 251 / POLI 250 / SWGS 250SEX, MONEY, AND POWER AROUND THE WORLD3
ASIA 299DISCOVER ASIA IN HOUSTON1
ASIA 315 / RELI 315 / SWGS 315GENDER AND ISLAM3
ASIA 322 / RELI 322INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM: ARTS FOR LIFE3
ASIA 328 / HIST 384 / SWGS 384MODERN GIRL AND ASIA IN THE WORLD3
ASIA 330 / CHIN 330 / MDEM 370INTRODUCTION TO TRADITIONAL CHINESE POETRY3
ASIA 332 / CHIN 332CHINESE LITERATURE AND ITS MOVIE ADAPTATIONS3
ASIA 334 / CHIN 334TRADITIONAL CHINESE TALES AND SHORT STORIES3
ASIA 335 / CHIN 335 / MDEM 375INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL CHINESE NOVELS3
ASIA 345 / POLI 345URBAN LAB MIDDLE EAST1
ASIA 347 / POLI 347URBAN LAB SHANGHAI1
ASIA 349 / POLI 349URBAN LAB ISTANBUL1
ASIA 353 / POLI 353EAST ASIAN DEMOCRACIES3
ASIA 360TRANSNATIONAL CHINA: CHINA AND THE CHINESE DIASPORA3
ASIA 371 / HART 371CHINESE PAINTING3
ASIA 372 / HART 372 / MDEM 373CHINESE ART AND VISUAL CULTURE3
ASIA 376 / HART 376 / MDEM 376EAST & WEST: MEDIEVAL VISUAL CULTURE IN CHINA AND NORTHERN EUROPE3
ASIA 378 / MUSI 378CLASSICAL, CONTEMPORARY, AND CROSS-CULTURAL ASIAN MUSIC3
ASIA 380 / HIST 380ASIAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCES3
ASIA 388 / FOTO 388PHOTOGRAPHY IN CHINA3,4
ASIA 389 / HIST 389MIGRATIONS AND DIASPORAS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN WORLD3
ASIA 390 / LING 390THE LANGUAGES OF ASIA3
ASIA 399 / SWGS 399 / MDEM 379WOMEN IN CHINESE LITERATURE3
ASIA 401INDEPENDENT STUDY1-15
ASIA 402INDEPENDENT STUDY1-15
ASIA 422 / CHIN 422THE ORIGINAL BEAUTY OF CHINESE LITERATURE3
ASIA 441 / RELI 441MAGIC AND POPULAR RELIGION3
ASIA 488ASIA AND ENERGY3
ASIA 489 / POLI 489CHINESE POLITICS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE3
ASIA 490 / HIST 490COLONIAL MODERNITY IN EAST ASIA3
ASIA 492 / HIST 492 / SWGS 492GENDER HISTORIES OF MODERN CHINA3
English
ENGL 397TOPICS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE 13
History
HIST 212CONTEMPORARY CHINA3
HIST 271HISTORY OF SOUTH ASIA3
HIST 281 / MDEM 281THE MIDDLE EAST FROM THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD TO SULAYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT3
HIST 302TRADITIONAL CHINESE CULTURE3
HIST 309CHINESE INTELLECTUAL HISTORY3
HIST 320IMPERIAL GARDENS: A CULTURAL COMPARISON3
HIST 341PRE-MODERN CHINA3
HIST 342MODERN CHINA3
HIST 364 / MDEM 364CENTRAL ASIAN CONQUEST EMPIRES3
HIST 378MODERN ARAB HISTORY3
HIST 382CULTURAL TRENDS IN MEDIEVAL ISLAM, 750-14003
HIST 433THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT3
HIST 434ISLAM AND THE WEST3
HIST 436AMERICA IN THE MIDDLE EAST3
HIST 439COMPARATIVE SLAVERY FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT: AFRICA, ASIA, AND EUROPE3
HIST 493EARLY MODERN EMPIRES3
HIST 494MUGHAL HISTORY3
HIST 495COMPARATIVE MODERNIZATION OF CHINA AND JAPAN3
Political Science
POLI 460SEMINAR IN COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT3
POLI 478US - CHINA: CONFLICT AND COOPERATION3
Religion
RELI 223QUR'AN AND COMMENTARY3
RELI 333KNOWING BODY/GLOWING MIND: BUDDHIST ARTS OF CONTEMPLATION AND ANALYSIS3
RELI 356MAJOR ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ISLAM3
RELI 433TIBETAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE3
RELI 440ISLAM'S MYSTICAL AND ESOTERIC TRADITION3
RELI 442CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ARABIC TEXTS3
RELI 470BUDDHIST WISDOM TEXTS3
Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Asian Studies

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Asian Studies should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 

For additional information, please see the Asian Studies website: http://chaocenter.rice.edu/.

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Asian Studies

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this major.