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Asian Studies (Associate of Arts)

Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Credential: Associate Degree
Admission Type: Open enrolment
program overview

Take the first step toward a career in international trade, consular or diplomatic services, immigration, tourism, journalism, finance, marketing, intercultural communication and more with this two-year Associate of Arts Degree in Asian Studies.

In this program, you will explore topics in religion, history, politics and culture, as well as take several language courses to develop an intermediate proficiency in either Chinese (Mandarin) or Japanese.

Asia is the fastest growing economic region globally, and Canada’s second largest trading partner. It’s also the most populous and diverse continent in the world. Asian Studies graduates offer employers valuable knowledge and insights into this rich region.

Get work experience – before you graduate

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible to apply for Co-operative Education work terms. After completing 18 credits of a diploma, degree or university transfer program, Co-op students alternate semesters of classroom studies with semesters of paid, full-time employment.

Transfer your credits to university

All Asian Studies courses and their credits are fully transferable to the main research universities in B.C., as well as many universities across Canada. They can also be applied to other Douglas College programs.

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits as listed below
  • A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required
  • All courses must be University Transferable - a University Transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the five Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC, UVIC - according to the BC Transfer Guide
  • 50% (30 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • Specializations are not noted on credentials but will be noted on the transcript

Course Requirements:

The Associate of Arts Degree with a specialization in Asian Studies will enable students to earn a credential in this field across a range of courses in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Students must fulfill all of the requirements of the Associate of Arts Degree, as well as completing the required courses listed below:

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

Students must select all six (6) courses in List A:

LIST A

ENGL 1130

Academic Writing

3.00

ENGL lit course*

Designated sections of English literature courses

3.00

HIST 1155

Asian History: An Introduction

3.00

HUMS 1171

World Religions: Oriental

3.00

PHIL 1135

Asian Philosophy

3.00

HIST 2250

Modern China: An Introduction

3.00

Students must select four (4) courses from List B (Modern Languages):

LIST B

MODL 1171

Basic Japanese I

3.00

MODL 1172

Basic Japanese II

3.00

MODL 2271

Intermediate Japanese I

3.00

MODL 2272

Intermediate Japanese II

3.00

OR

MODL 1191

Basic Chinese (Mandarin) I

3.00

MODL 1192

Basic Chinese (Mandarin) II

3.00

MODL 2291

Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) I

3.00

MODL 2292

Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) II

3.00

Students must select one (1) course from List C (History):

LIST C

HIST 2251

Modern Japan: An Introduction

3.00

HIST 2252

Modern South Asia: An Introduction

3.00

*Note: ENGL 1099 cannot be counted towards the AA in Asian Studies. For sections of English literature courses with Asian content, please consult the English Department Chair.

The following is ONE example of how courses might be structured into an Associate of Arts with a specialization in Asian Studies.

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

Semester I:

ENGL 1130

Academic Writing

3.00

HIST 1155

Asian History: An Introduction

3.00

One course from the following options:

MODL 1171

Basic Japanese I

3.00

MODL 1191

Basic Chinese (Mandarin) I

3.00

And:

Elective

University Transfer Social Science Elective

3:00

Elective

University Transfer Math, Statistics, Science or Lab Sciences Elective

3:00

Semester II:

ENGL lit course

Designated section of English literature courses

 

HUMS 1171

World Religions: Oriental

3.00

One course from the following options:

MODL 1172

Basic Japanese II

3.00

MODL 1192

Basic Chinese (Mandarin) II

3.00

And:

Elective

University Transfer Social Science Elective

3:00

Elective

University Transfer Math, Statistics, Science or Lab Sciences Elective

3:00

Note: At the end of Semester II, students who decide not to obtain an Associate of Arts with a Specialization in Asian Studies will have earned the required credits for a Certificate in Academic Foundations, provided that they have completed 3 credits of Lab Sciences.

Semester III

PHIL 1135

Asian Philosophy

3:00

HIST 2252

Modern South Asia: An Introduction

3:00

One course from the following options:

MODL 2271

Intermediate Japanese I

3:00

MODL 2291

Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) I

3:00

And:

Elective

University Transfer Math, Statistics, or Science Elective

3:00

Elective

Any University Transfer course

 

Semester IV

HIST 2250

Modern China: An Introduction

3:00

One course from the following options:

MODL 2272

Intermediate Japanese II

3:00

MODL 2292

Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) II

3:00

And:

Elective

Any University Transfer course

3:00

Elective

Any University Transfer course

3:00

The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:

  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year English* electives
  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Humanities electives
  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Social Sciences electives
  • 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Arts** electives
  • 18 credits (6 courses) second-year Arts** electives in 2 or more subject areas
  • 3 credits (1 course) first-year Lab Science elective
  • 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
  • 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Science elective
  • 9 credits (3 courses) other University Transfer electives

* English courses include courses in Communications and Creative Writing that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit. For the purposes of the Associate of Arts degree, English courses cannot be counted as Humanities courses.

** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. To confirm whether a course is designated as "humanities" or "social sciences", check with an Academic Advisor. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree.

Definitions:

A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).

  • An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
  • A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities.
  • The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
  • A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
  • A first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
  • A second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
  • A laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or in the field.

For detailed information you should meet with an Academic Advisor.

Co-operative Education Option:

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.

admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

program cost

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curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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