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Asian Studies Major Guide for 2009-2010

What is Asian Studies

The Asian Studies program provides an opportunity for the study of the modern and ancient Asian civilizations. Resources for this program, which focuses on four geographical-cultural areas, are provided by several departments. The cultural heritage of the Asian people has its roots in ancient civilizations with a different history than that of the West. These differences have tended to divide humanity. An understanding of the significance of Asia in world affairs and of Asian peoples in the human community is extremely beneficial. The Asian Studies program can lead to government careers in international relations, foreign service, immigration and naturalization service and the United Nations. With advanced degrees, Asian Studies majors become teachers and lawyers.

Salary Trends in Asian Studies

An Arts and Sciences degree can propel you in limitless directions. Majors are not always the deciding factor as to what career path you follow. As with any degree, your pre-professional experiences (volunteerism, work experience, internships, etc) enhance your chances at obtaining desired employment and further guide where you fall on the salary continuum. As a group, Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates now average $33,258 (

Requirements for Asian Studies

Corequisite:  Competence (the successful completion of the 200-level sequence of that language or
demonstration of equivalent mastery) in a major Asian language of the chosen geographical-cultural area.

Requirements:  The major concentration consists of 26 credit hours of upper-division courses from Asian Studies and approved departmental offerings.
1. Twelve of the hours from courses listed within one of the following four geographical-cultural areas: Islamic World, China, South Asia, and Japan
a. Subdivision A - six hours selected from: Art, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
b. Subdivision B - six hours selected from: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology
2. Six of the 26 hours from courses listed for other geographical-cultural areas

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"Ready for the World” is part of a long-range plan to transform the UTK campus into a culture of diversity that best prepares students for working and competing in the 21st century.  Thus students are encouraged to actively participate in the diverse cultural programs offered on campus.  Some of these events include the guest lecture series, cultural nights at the International House, and international film screenings.  Visit the Center for International Education web site ( or the Ready for the World web site ( for more information on upcoming cultural programs and activities. 
Students are also encouraged to develop a global perspective within their academic program through study abroad.  Visit the Programs Abroad Office web site ( for information on study abroad opportunities.

Learn more about UT's Ready for the World initiative to help students gain the international and intercultural knowledge they need to succeed in today's world.

Sample Curriculum

Freshman Year Credit Hours
English Composition 6
Asian Language (100 level) 10
Natural Science Lab Sequence 8
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 6-8
Elective 0-2

Sophomore Year Credit Hours
Social Science 3
Non U.S. History Sequence
Natural Science 3
Asian Language (200 level) 10
Humanities 3
Asian Studies (major) 3

Junior Year Credit Hours
Asian Studies (major) 12
Humanities 6
Upper Level Distribution 6
Social Science 3
Communicating Through Writing 3

Senior Year Credit Hours
Asian Studies (major) 11
Upper Division Electives 10
Social Science 6
Communicating Orally 3

GRAND TOTAL (minimum) 120

For More Information

Suzanne Wright
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(865) 974-3407



The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other programs refer to the UT catalog or contact the department and/or college directly.