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2013-2014 General Catalog (Summer, Fall 2013) 
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Asian Studies - BA

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

Program Director: Bradford 'J' Hall, Main 204, (435) 797-8757, brad.hall@usu.edu

Sample Four-year Plan for Asian Studies Major

A sample semester-by-semester four-year plan for students working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies is available in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Students should consult with their advisor to develop a plan of study tailored to their individual needs and interests.

Students must complete the General Education Requirements .

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  •   and   will fulfill the Communication Intensive (CI) requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) and Social Sciences (DSS)

Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement

Bachelor of Arts Degree

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
  2. Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920  and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
  4. Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  1. Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
  2. TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

Course Requirements

Language Major Requirements

Asian Studies Major and Minor Requirements


To graduate with a BA degree in Asian Studies, students must complete a minimum of 30-31 credits approved by the Asian Studies program director. The program must include a minimum of 18 credits selected from the Core Courses, 9 credits from the General Electives, and 3-4 credits of one upper-division grammar course from the language of your choice. Course selections may need consultation with the Asian Studies program advisor. 

Minimum Departmental Requirements

Total Credits:

  Asian Studies Major 30-31
  Asian Studies Minor 20
Grade Point Average to Declare Minor 2.5 Career GPA
Grade Point Average to Graduate with Major or Minor 2.5 GPA within Major/Minor Classes
A minimum of 50 percent of major credits must be earned at USU  


Courses for Asian Studies Majors and Minors require a minimum of C- or better.

Courses for Asian Studies Majors and Minors may not be taken on a Pass/Fail basis.

Requirements for Asian Studies Major (30-31 credits)

Core Courses

 (required minimum of 18 credits)


(required minimum of 3-4 credits):

Students must have completed the equivalent of one of the 3010/3020 third year language courses from an Asian language (including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean).  (See the department for questions regarding other languages.)  The following are languages courses that will help fulfill that requirement. 

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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