Humanities Department

BA - Humanities, Concentration in Asian Studies

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements47
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
HUM 100W. Writing in the HumanitiesZ3
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 070C. Arts of AsiaC13
HUM 114. Legacy of AsiaV3
RELS 070. Gods, Guns, Gurus, Grails-World ReligionC23
Requirements of the Major40
Core Courses22
HUM 085. Introduction to Liberal Education1
HUM 101. Human Life: Let's Think About It3
HUM 160. Special Topics in Humanities3
HUM 190. Senior Seminar in Humanities3
Comparative Courses12
Complete four courses from:
AMS 129. How the World sees the United States3
AMS 159. Nature and World CulturesV3
CA 173. Thinking About Contemporary World ArtsV3
HUM 119. Myths, Heroes, and Global Cultures3
HUM 128. Perspectives on the Twentieth Century: The West in a Global ContextV3
RELS 120. Censors and Icons: Arts and Religion3
RELS 131. Gender, Sexuality, and Religion3
Major Electives18
Two courses from each of the following areas:
CHIN 102. Chinese Culture4
CHIN 140. Chinese Culture and Politics Through LiteratureV3
ENGL 123D. Literature for Global Understanding-AsiaV3
HUM 122. Topics in Comparative World Literature4
HUM 142. Contemporary Buddhism and its Roots3
HUM 144. Chinese Traditions3
JPN 102. Japanese Culture3
PHIL 104. Asian PhilosophyV3
The Arts
ARTH 193B. East Meets West in ArtV3
ARTH 194A. Art of China3
ARTH 195. Art of Japan3
DANC 102. Dance in World CulturesV3
MUSC 148B. Improvisational Traditions of the World - Asia2
Social Science
ANTH 177. Anthropology of Asia3
GEOG 160. East and South Asia3
HIST 109A. History of China4
HIST 109B. History of China4
HIST 110A. History of Japan4
HIST 110B. History of Japan4
POLS 145. Asian Politics4
University Electives30
One year of college level foreign language or equivalent related to chosen specialty area0-10
A minor is strongly recommended

Total Units:120