Associate of Arts Degree in Asian Studies


The Associate of Arts Degree (AA) in Asian Studies will introduce you to the discipline and prepare you for further study. By completing the AA Degree you will gain a broader understanding of the world in which you live and will become a more informed and engaged citizen. You can choose to focus on a particular geographic region; however, we recommend that you complete as broad a range of courses as possible.

Asian Studies courses involve a significant amount of reading and writing; therefore, it is strongly recommended that you complete your English requirements within your first two semesters.

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Admission Requirements

The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

Curricular Requirements

Within the framework of the Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete at least 60 credits with a minimum grade of C in each course and meet the following requirements.

Group A
Select at least 9 credits from the following:9
Indian Society through Popular Film
South Asians around the Globe
Sikh Culture, Religion and Society
Geography of East Asia
Geography of South Asia
Comparative Politics of Asia
Government and Politics of India
International Migration
Group B
Select at least 9 credits from the following:9
Religions of India
Introduction to Contemporary Japanese Society and Culture
Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Introduction to East Asian History
A Passage to South Asia: Introduction to South Asian History
Late Imperial China
China in the Twentieth Century: Reforms and Revolutions
British India 1857 to 1947
Indian Subcontinent since 1947
History of Modern Japan
China and the West
Gandhi in History
Warriors of Japan: The Samurai
The Vietnam War in Historical Perspective
Asian Philosophy
Group C
Select at least 6 credits in an Asian language: 16
Basic Japanese I
Basic Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
Upper Intermediate Japanese I
Upper Intermediate Japanese II
JAPN 4400
Beginner Mandarin I
Beginner Mandarin II
Intermediate Mandarin I
Intermediate Mandarin II
Upper Intermediate Mandarin: Reading And Writing I
Upper Intermediate Mandarin II: Reading and Writing
Introductory Punjabi I
Introductory Punjabi II
Intermediate Punjabi I
Intermediate Punjabi II
Learn Punjabi Through Punjabi Canadian Literature

This requirement can be satisfied by successful completion of at least two of the listed courses or in the case of other Asian languages by arrangements with the Asian Studies Degree Coordinator. Students with native fluency in an approved Asian Language may apply to the Asian Studies Degree Coordinator for a waiver. In the event that a waiver is granted, students must complete an additional 6 credits from the courses in Group A and Group B in place of the 6 credit language requirement.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive an Associate of Arts degree in Asian Studies.

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