Asian Studies Program

IAS Asian Studies Program
Department Information
273 HRCB

The Discipline

The Asian Studies major is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for careers and advanced study in the specialized field of Asia not provided by a major in one department. In the program, students acquire working competence in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or another approved Asian language; a broad knowledge of Asian civilization; and a specialized knowledge in a more narrowly defined emphasis: China Studies, Japan Studies, or Korea Studies. Minors are offered in a China track, Japan track, Korea track, or Pan Asia track.

Career Opportunities

The Asian Studies major is useful to those contemplating careers in academic areas, private industry, or government service. A strong background in Asian Studies will prepare students for advanced training in business, law, and international affairs.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:

  • The University Core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education. (For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see here.)
  • At least 30 credit hours must be earned in residence on the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office

Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.