Undergraduate study in Asian Studies

What you can study in Asian Studies

With a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Asian Studies you can choose from a wide range of courses on film, literature, politics, history, popular culture, philosophy, geography, economics and anthropology.

Some courses focus on a particular part of Asia and other courses offer pan-Asian perspectives. We also encourage you to take advantage of exchange opportunities to live and study in Asian countries.

Structuring your major in Asian Studies

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Asian Studies as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I.

How to choose your courses

If you think you may want to major in Asian Studies, take the core course ASIAN 100 Images of Asia in your first year. This course explores the history and idea of Asia, and will provide you with an important foundation for Asian Studies or an Asian language.

You can then choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Asian Studies. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Asian Studies


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in Asian Studies:

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Asian Studies, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.