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Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Asian Studies, B.A.

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Ronnie Littlejohn, Director


To prepare students with a more detailed knowledge of issues in Asia in general and provide a basis for advanced study and/or career choices through methods drawn from a variety of disciplines, and habits of critical reflection and action.


Belmont’s Asian Studies program provides an opportunity for those students with special interests in Asia to prepare themselves for a wide range of careers and callings. With many different courses and experiences available, students are able to focus on both the modern and traditional history and literature of Asian cultures and societies, contemporary Asian politics, economic links between the Asia and the rest of the world, and global philosophical, ethical, and religious issues. Graduates with the major or minor in Asian studies will be better prepared to pursue many diverse careers in an era of globalization, such as international business, government service, education, and research.


  1. Students will gain increased knowledge about Asia in general and familiarity with the history, cultures, and languages of that area.
  2. Students will learn how to study a region in an interdisciplinary manner, making use of the methodologies and perspectives of multiple fields.
  3. Students will be prepared for careers and/or further study of Asia in fields such as international business, journalism, politics, the media professions, economics, history, modern languages, literature, law, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology.
  4. Students will learn to use their knowledge of Asian affairs to support their own critical reflections on current issues.

BELL Core Requirements: 53 Hours (minimum)

Language Requirement:

Completion of intermediate collegiate level study or its equivalent in an Asian Language.

Minor Requirements: 18 Hours

Electives: 27 Hours (minimum)

Total Required for the Program: 128 Hours

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