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Humanities Department

BA - Humanities, Concentration in Asian Studies

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements42
Of the 51 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
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
Preparation for the Major3
ARTH 070C. Arts of AsiaC13
HUM 114. Legacy of AsiaV3
RELS 070B. Eastern ReligionsC23
One year of college level foreign language or equivalent related to chosen specialty area0-10
Requirement of the Major43
Core Courses22
HUM 085. Introduction to Liberal Education1
HUM 101. Human Life: Let's think about it3
HUM 160. Seminar in Special Topics3
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 119A. Interdisciplinary Studies of Antiquity3
HUM 128. Perspectives on the Twentieth Century: The West in a Global ContextV3
RELS 124. Literature and Religious Experience3
RELS 130. Psychology and Religious Experience3
RELS 131. Gender, Sexuality, and Religion3
Major Electives18
Two courses from each of the following areas:
CHIN 102. Chinese Culture3
CHIN 140. Chinese Culture and Politics Through LiteratureV3
ENGL 123D. Literature for Global Understanding-AsiaV3
HUM 122. Topics in Comparative World Literature3
HUM 142. Contemporary Buddhism and its Roots3
HUM 144. Chinese Traditions3
JPN 102. Japanese Culture3
PHIL 104. Asian PhilosophyV3
The Arts0
ARTH 193B. East Meets West in ArtV3
ARTH 194A. Art of China3
ARTH 194B. Art of India and South East Asia3
ARTH 195. Art of Japan3
DANC 102. Dance in World CulturesV3
MUSC 148B. Improvisational Traditions of the World - Asia2
Social Science0
ANTH 177. Anthropology of Asia3
GEOG 160. East and South Asia3
HIST 109A. History of China3
HIST 109B. History of China3
HIST 110A. History of Japan3
HIST 110B. History of Japan3
POLS 145. Asian Politics3
University Electives17-30
A minor is strongly recommended

Total Units:120