University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Global and Regional Studies Program

The Asian Studies Major

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program composed of twenty-four faculty members in fourteen academic disciplines: Anthropology, Art History, Chinese Language, Community Development, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Film and Television Studies, History, Linguistics, Japanese Language, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. It is one of eight areas of study in UVM's Global and Regional Studies Program, and its faculty is noted for excellence in both teaching and scholarship.

Students majoring in Asian Studies take courses on Asia in several academic disciplines and are encouraged to pursue language courses and study abroad opportunities. Students focusing on a geographic area in which UVM offers a full array of relevant language courses (e.g., Chinese, Japanese) all establish at least intermediate proficiency in the pertinent Asian Language.

Asian Studies faculty cooperate with community and student organizations to bring to campus intellectual and cultural events related to Asia, including speakers, films, music and dance performances, art exhibits, and culinary demonstrations.

UVM students in Asia

Requirements for the Asian Studies Major:

The Asian Studies major consists of at least 33 credit hours in courses from the Asian Studies listing (see Registrar’s website for current Asian Studies courses, or click on 'courses' in navigation bar to the left) to include the following:

Completion of two years (normally 16 credits) study of the language of the geographic subarea of concentration (e.g., Chinese, Japanese). No more than 16 hours of language study count toward the major. Students with demonstrated fluency in the language of the subarea of concentration (for instance native speakers) may substitute other Asian Studies courses to fulfill the 33 hour requirement.

The remaining credit hours must include at least nine hours at the 100 level and three hours at the 200 level from at least three academic disciplines. Language courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement. It is vital that students plan ahead for their 200-level courses in terms of timing and prerequisites.

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