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The Asian Studies major affords students the opportunity to study Asia from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on courses and faculty from various departments of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Students are encouraged to consider supplementing their work by participating in the Education Abroad Program offered through the University of California in various Asian locales, or by participating in the undergraduate intercampus exchange program which allows any UC student to apply for study for one term at other UC campuses. Both options provide rich opportunities to participate in additional course work on Asia that may be counted toward the major.

The Education Abroad Program (EAP) is an excellent opportunity to learn more about another country and its culture while taking courses, which earn credit toward graduation. In addition to yearlong programs, a wide range of shorter options are also available. While on EAP, students are still eligible for financial assistance. Students are advised to plan to study abroad well in advance so as to ensure that the courses taken fit with their overall program back at UCR. For further detail see the University of California's EAP website at www.eap.ucop.edu or contact UCR's International Services Center at (951) 827-4113.

The major in Asian Studies provides two options. The East Asian Studies option centers on China, Japan, and Korea and the languages, histories, literatures, cultures, art, and religions of that particular region. The Comparative Asian Studies option is designed to allow students to take a broader perspective on Asian Studies by developing a comparative as well as an interdisciplinary approach to the study of different geographical and cultural areas within Asia. Students in these majors should consult with their advisors for program planning.

Asian Studies majors are well prepared either to enter graduate school or to pursue a career in one of the many walks of life that requires background in Asian materials, including business, governmental service, and careers in international affairs.

Undergraduate research and special studies

Independent research under faculty supervision is an important part of the Asian Studies program. It has led to several outstanding theses. The program encourages independent research and thesis writing. Internships are available.

Asian Studies majors have ready access to resources in other departments, including an excellent Javanese gamelan orchestra in the Music Department, a full collection of videotapes of Asian music and dance in the Dance Department, and a rapidly growing Asian language collection and extensive holdings on Asian Pacific Americans in the Library.

The University Honors Program offers lower-division courses taught by distinguished faculty and introduces undergraduates to the challenges and rewards of scholarship and research from the beginning of their undergraduate careers. In the upper division, the program invites outstanding students to design and produce honors theses and projects under individual faculty supervision. Through the departmental Honors Program, Highly Qualified students are invited to conduct a research thesis of their own initiative and design in collaboration with a faculty member. Participation in the Honors Program is the capstone of an excellent education.

Through the Education Abroad Program, UCR students can add and international perspective to their education by studying and living in another country while earning UC credit. Asian Studies majors may be especially interested in programs in Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Viet Nam, The Philippines, and Japan.

Preparing for transfer

Students planning to transfer to UCR as an Asian Studies major should:

  1. Meet the UC admission requirements for transfers,
  2. Complete the coursework required to meet the lower division major requirements.
  3. Complete the breadth requirements for UCR's College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, preferably by following the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, IGETC.

Related Literature and References

UCR currently has articulation agreements with most of the California community colleges. These agreements list the specific community college courses that have been designated as comparable UCR courses. The articulation agreements are available at the statewide articulation Web site, http://www.assist.org or at California community colleges.

Detailed information about UCR's admission requirements is presented in the UC publications, Application for Undergraduate Admission & Scholarships, Introducing the University and Answers for Transfers and in the UC Riverside General Catalog. The UC publications are available at online and at California high schools and community colleges. The UC Riverside General Catalog is online at http://www.catalog.ucr.edu or for purchase through the UCR Bookstore, (951) 827-4211.