Asian Studies*

Major preparation requirements

  • Two years of an Asian language (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi/Urdu, etc.)
  • One course from the following:
    • Chinese art
    • Indian/Southeast Asian art
    • Asian Religions
    • History of Asia (post-1750)
    • Asian Civilization (Chinese, Korean, or Japanese)
  • Two courses from the following:
    • Sociocultural anthropology
    • Cultural geography
    • Contemporary world history
    • World literature
  • Two courses from the following:
    • Comparative politics
    • Economic geography
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • Introductory sociology

Required by end of spring before transfer

  • One year of a college level Asian language OR at least one year of high school in which the primary language of instruction was an Asian language
  • At least two of the preparatory courses listed above (in addition to foreign language)

NOTE: Completion of two years of college level foreign language is strongly preferred. A placement exam is required for all language majors regardless of credits earned in lower division language courses.

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* Students are classified as Pre-Asian Studies until lower division preparation courses are completed at UCLA.

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