Florida State University

Asian Studies

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Major Requirements

Total hours

Students must complete 36 credits of coursework beyond liberal studies requirements or the AA degree. Students must have:

  • 24 credit hours from the Area Specific approved course list
  • 6 credit hours from the Concepts & Theories approved course list
  • 6 credit hours from either the Area Specific or the Concepts & Theories approved course list and/or an approved internship or directed individualized study course

Students are commonly able to select approved Area Specific courses in departments such as:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Religion
  • Sociology

Approved Course List

All courses counted towards the major must come from the approved list of courses. A list is compiled each semester which reflects actual course offerings in each term. You can see the master list of approved courses on the FSU General Bulletin (https://registrar.fsu.edu/bulletin/undergraduate), although these will not include new or special topics courses. For the semester-specific approved course list, please contact the Asian Studies undergraduate Academic Program Specialist.

Area Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate proficient to the intermediate college level in a modern foreign language. Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, or some other Asian language.

Grade/GPA

Students must earn a C- grade or higher in each course and an overall 2.0 major GPA.

Second majors

Students who pursue a second major, they may count six (6) credits towards both majors.

Mapping requirements

All students must meet “mapping” requirements. See here.

Minor Requirements

Students minoring in Asian Studies must complete 18 hours of Asian Studies coursework beyond the Liberal Studies requirement (or courses used to satisfy general education requirements for an A.A. degree with a grade of C- or higher in each course).

None of the broader comparative concepts and theories courses will count towards the 18-hour minimum. Students may select freely from all area-specific courses. A maximum of six semester hours of directed individual studies or internship credits may apply to the minor.

The list of area-specific courses can be found at https://registrar.fsu.edu/bulletin/undergraduate/departments/asian_studies/..

In addition, each semester, the department publishes an expanded approved course list to include new and special topics courses. For the semester-specific approved course list, please contact the Asian Studies undergraduate Academic Program Specialist.