Asian Studies B.A.

All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Major Requirements

At least 30 credits in major courses, including:

LANGUAGE STUDY. At least 12 credits.
Choose 1 of the following options:12-16
4 courses/12-16 credits in Chinese language
4 courses/12-16 credits in Japanese language
Students who have demonstrated fluency in an Asian language (for instance, native speakers of the language) may substitute other Asian Studies courses to fulfill the 30 total credits required for the major.
ASIAN STUDIES. At least 14 credits.
Course offerings for Asian Studies vary frequently and often include Special Topics, Topics In, and Honors College courses. Before registration each semester, a list of eligible courses is posted as a See Also list in the Schedule of Courses (Classic Version). Many of those courses will not show up immediately in students’ degree audits. The courses listed in this table are always eligible and should automatically be applied in degree audits.
Courses that have a significant but not exclusive Asian component may be counted toward a student’s major requirements only if papers or projects relevant to Asian Studies have been completed. The dean’s office must receive written approval from the Asian Studies director for these courses to be counted toward the major.
Courses for the Asian Studies section of the major must come from at least 3 academic disciplines.
ADVANCED LEVEL. 1 additional course/3 credits credits chosen from eligible courses, which regularly include:3
Topics in Chinese History
Topics in Japanese History
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL. 9-15 additional credits chosen from eligible courses, which regularly include:9-15
OPEN LEVEL. Up to 6 additional credits chosen from eligible courses, which regularly include:0-6


Students completing the B.A. in Asian Studies may not also receive the B.A. in Global Studies with a concentration in Asian Studies.


Introductory and intermediate courses for various subject areas may be necessary to reach some of the courses that can be applied to the major.

Other Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), only one course may overlap between a major and a minor or between two CAS majors.

Courses for the major and/or its pre/co-requisites that are cross-listed in the catalog or schedule of courses under another course prefix may be taken under that other prefix and still count for these requirements.

With the approval of the chair/director, courses that applied to the major in previous years but have since been deactivated may be applied to this year’s major requirements if they are reactivated.

For a Bachelor of Arts degree, no more than 45 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation.

At least half of the credits used to complete major requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont.