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BA in Asian Studies

Shorelight - American University, United States

ba-in-asian-studies

Next enrollment cycle

March 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 54,354

Course Accredited By

MSCHE

  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 30% scholarship
Offered by the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, the Asia, Pacific and Diaspora Studies (BA) is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of Asia and the Pacific, as well as their diasporic communities in a dynamic global context.
  • Students critically examine historical and contemporary formations of global culture by extensive and intensive study of people, cultures, and ideas that move in and across Asia, the Pacific, and their diasporic communities spanning the Americas and beyond. 
  • Students explore the history and legacies of imperialism, colonialism, as well as gender/sexuality, class, and ethnicity/racial relations within and across local, national, and global frameworks. The program offers a lively academic study through interdisciplinary curriculum, internships, international exchange programs, and study abroad.

Enrollment Cycles

  • March 2023
  • July 2023
  • December 2023
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms B-/8
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms B-/8
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms B-/8

Bachelor's Degree

  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms Second Class Honours, Lower C Satisfactory, 55%

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

Uganda

  • Advanced Certificate of Education with a minimum of 2 Principal Passing grades of D or higher and at least 1 subsidiary pass in a college preparatory subject. In addition,
  • Uganda Certificate of Education with a C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) Examination Certificate with 5 academic subjects passed is required
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms B5 and C's (2)
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms B5 C's (2)
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms B5 C's (2)
  • Bachelor's degree, including Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Surgery; Postgraduate and professional diploma or certificate
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms 70, Class 2 Honors Upper

English Requirements Certificate

  • IELTS
  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

TANZANIA

  • Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms D/4
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms D/4
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms D/4

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

United Kingdom

  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms GCE
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms GCE
  • Bachelor's degree; Diploma in Technology or Technological Engineering or Arts and Design
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)
  • Undergraduate PS AAPA 2 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)
  • Undergraduate PS EAP 3 Terms 60, Second Class (lower division)

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-LEVEL

  • 5 College Preparatory subjects passed; Students must also meet the GCE A/AS Level requirement after completing IGCSEs
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms C or 4
  • Undergraduate EAP 3 Terms C or 4
  • 5 College Preparatory subjects must be passed; Students must also meet the GCE A/AS Level requirement after completing IGCSEs
  • Undergraduate AAPA 2 Terms C or 4

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • PSE (2 Terms) 4.5
  • PSE (1 Term) 5
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 no sub-score below 5.0
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6 With no sub-score below 5.5
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 6.5 With at least one sub-score of 5.5 and no sub- score below 5.5
  • SE (1 Term) 6.5 no sub-score below 6

TOEFL

  • PSE (2 Terms) 50 – 59
  • PSE (1 Term) 60 – 67
  • EAP (3 Terms) 68 no sub-score below 14
  • AAP (2 Terms) 74 with all sub-scores above 15 and at least one sub-score below 20
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 80 with at least one sub-score below 20 but above 17 (minimum subscore required).
  • SE (1 Term) 85 No sub-score below 20

Duolingo

  • PSE (2 Terms) 70
  • PSE (1 Term) 80
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90 No sub-score below 80 (subscores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100 No sub-score below 90 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • AAP Advanced (2 Terms) 110 No sub-score below 100 (sub-scores effective Fall 21)
  • SE (1 Term) NA

Admission to the Program

  • Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and the approval of the program director.
  • 120 credit hours with minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 2)
  • Completion of all requirements for a major (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 9)

AU Core Requirements

  • Completion of AU Core foundation requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.2-8.6)
  • Completion of AU Core Habits of Mind requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.7)
  • Completion of AU Core integrative course requirements (Undergraduate Academic Regulation 8.8-8.11)
  • For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum.

Major Requirements

  • 36 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 18 credit hours at or above 300-level

Course Requirements

  • Foundation (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours from the following with at least 3 credit hours from each area:

  • Asia
  • ASIA-100 Introduction to Asia (3)
  • ASIA-200 Modern East Asia (3)
  • ASIA-210 Modern South and Southeast Asia (3)
  • RELG-185 The Religious Heritage of Asia FA3 (3)
  • Pacific and Diaspora
  • ASIA-260 Asian American Experiences (3)
  • LIT-240 Asian American Literature FA2 (3)

Concentration (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours from the following if not taken to fulfill Foundation, or other coursework approved by the program director:

  • AMST-220 Topics in American Popular Culture (3) (approved topic)
  • AMST-225 Topics in American Studies (3) (approved topic)
  • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture (3) (approved topic)
  • ASIA-100 Introduction to Asia (3)
  • ASIA-196 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6)
  • ASIA-200 Modern East Asia (3)
  • ASIA-210 Modern South and Southeast Asia (3)
  • ASIA-260 Asian American Experiences (3)
  • ASIA-296 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6)
  • ASIA-340 Topics in Asia, Pacific, and Diaspora Studies (3)
  • ASIA-350 Topics in Asian Society and Culture (3)
  • ASIA-361 Modern Korean History (3)
  • ASIA-396 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6)
  • ASIA-496 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6)
  • LIT-240 Asian American Literature FA2 (3)
  • PHIL-211 Introduction to Asian Philosophy (3)
  • RELG-185 The Religious Heritage of Asia FA3 (3)
  • WGSS-350 Interpreting Gender in Culture (3) (approved topic)

Knowledge and Power (3 credit hours)

  • CRGC-360 Knowledge and Power: Critical Interdisciplinary Theory and Method (3)

Interdisciplinary Electives (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours from the following if not taken to fulfill Concentration, or other coursework approved by the major advisor:

  • AMST-220 Topics in American Popular Culture (3) (approved topic)
  • AMST-225 Topics in American Studies (3) (approved topic)
  • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture (3) (approved topic)
  • ANTH-439 Culture, History, Power, Place (3) (approved topic)
  • ARTH-225 Buddhist Arts of Asia FA1 (3)
  • ARTH-320 Introduction to the Arts of Japan (3)
  • ARTH-325 Chinese Art: A History of Gender, Ethnicity and Class (3)
  • ARTH-423 East-West Photography (3)
  • ARTH-424 Envisioning the Nation: Modern and Contemporary Art in Asia (3)
  • ARTH-425 Topics in East Asian Art (3)
  • ARTH-496 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) (approved topic)
  • ASIA-296 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6)
  • ASIA-340 Topics in Asia, Pacific, and Diaspora Studies (3)
  • ASIA-350 Topics in Asian Society and Culture (3)
  • ASIA-361 Modern Korean History (3)
  • ASIA-396 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6)
  • ASIA-491 Internship in Asian Studies (1-6)
  • ASIA-496 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6)
  • CHIN-312 Advanced Chinese I (3)
  • CHIN-396 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) (approved topic)
  • CHIN-450 Advanced Chinese Topics (3) (approved topic)
  • HIST-247 Muslim Empires 1300-1920 (3)
  • HIST-251 History of Modern China (3)
  • HIST-252 The Japanese Empire: 1853-1952 (3)
  • HIST-349 Modern Iran (3)
  • HIST-447 Asian Studies (3) (approved topic)
  • HIST-485 Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Beyond (3)
  • KOR-302 Advanced Korean I (3)
  • LIT-467 Advanced Studies in World Literature (3) (approved topic)
  • PHIL-413 Studies in Asian Philosophy (3) (approved topic)
  • PHIL-418 Chinese Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL-419 Buddhist Philosophy (3)
  • RELG-245 Stories of South Asia FA3 (3)
  • RELG-470 Islam (3)
  • RELG-473 Hinduism (3)
  • SISU-212 China, Japan and the United States FA3 (3)
  • SISU-217 Contemporary India (3)
  • SISU-349 Topics in Global Inequality, Development, Environmental Sustainability, and Global Health (3)
  • SISU-360 Topics in Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture (3) (approved topic)
  • SISU-372 Human Rights in East Asia (3)
  • Capstone (3 credit hours)
  • CRGC-460 Capstone Research Seminar (3)
  • Tuition 54,354 
  • Housing 21,250
  • Dining 6,320 
  • Other 2,000 
  • Program Cost Per Semester 
  • Academic Accelerator 
  • Fall 2021 $27,177 
  • Spring 2022 $27,177
  •  Summer 2022 $26,421 
  • Academic Accelerator Program, Advanced (2 semesters)
  • Fall 2021 N/A Spring 2022 $27,177 
  • Summer 2022 $26,421
  • Housing Option Description Cost Per Semester 
  • Off Campus Two-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room)
  •  The Off Campus Two-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) option, offers a shared bedroom with one other person in a fully furnished off-campus apartment. Each apartment has two bedrooms, so common areas such as the bathroom, dining room and kitchen are shared with three other roommates. 
  • Fall 2021 $10,034 
  • Spring 2022 $10,034 
  • Summer 2022 $6,562 
  • Off Campus One-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) 
  • The Off Campus One-Bedroom Apartment (Double Room) option, offers a shared bedroom with one other person in a fully furnished off-campus apartment. Each apartment has one bedroom, so common areas such as the bathroom, dining room and kitchen are shared with just one roommate. 
  • Fall 2021 $10,611 
  • Spring 2022 $10,611 
  • Summer 2022 $6,939 
  • On Campus Double Room 
  • The On Campus Double Room option is a shared room with two twin beds and a shared, common hall bathroom, in one of American University's on campus residence halls. 
  • Fall 2021 $5,048 
  • Spring 2022 $5,048 
  • Summer 2022 $4,720

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