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Bachelor of Arts

Online BA in Asian Studies

Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

Overview

In today’s increasingly global market place, as barriers of communication and distance are broken down, people are faced with different cultures, languages, and values every day and the need for specific knowledge of the Asian region including its history, languages, culture, as well as government and business environments is more crucial than ever. Understanding these facts, the Asian Studies Program drives the FIU mission to foster greater international understanding through collaborative engagement with our local and global communities.

The demand for graduates with a background in international studies, such as Asian Studies, has grown. This fully online degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career that focuses on the region of Asia with an in-depth look at China, Japan, India, and Central and Southeast Asia. Classes emphasize a multidisciplinary approach of study and cover language and culture, philosophy and religion, as well as arts and literature. The program also includes classwork on issues in history, politics, geography, sociology/anthropology, international relations, education, and business in the global environment. Moreover, classes provide relevant and current instruction, advising, and experiential opportunities for students in an environment that promotes scholarship, critical thinking, free inquiry and clear and candid communication.

Through this program, students become intellectual analysts of the region’s innate culture and shared history in order to discern current and future demands of industries worldwide.

Why Apply?

As relations between the United States and the Asian region change and our new administration constructs and readdresses international policies, emerging markets in Asia are predicted to experience record growth in e-commerce. As more multinational companies enter the Asian market, the need for specific knowledge of the region including its history, languages, culture, as well as government and business environments is more crucial than ever. With globalization and the growing importance of cross-cultural understanding in business and government, graduates will be well positioned for a wide variety of careers. 

The upcoming 2018 Olympics in Seoul, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, as well as the still ever present domination of technology and media in Japan, the rise of a larger consumer market and work force in India and China, and continuing political conflicts between North and South Korea, are just some of the major aspects that draw attention to the region of Asia.

Businesses, politicians, economists, and sociologists, among others, are finding ways to deal with this international explosion. Graduates of this fully online program are prepared for a wide variety of careers including employment with international businesses, government entities, education organizations, journalism careers, the travel and tourism industry, social services and programs, as well as information technology, translation services, the art industry, international law, and e-commerce ventures.

 

Courses

Program Completion Requirements

A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies. Students must complete all University Core Curriculum, University, and Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs requirements.

This program is designed with an interdisciplinary approach to Asian Studies with a flexible schedule for working professionals, full-time and part-time students interested in careers in international business, state or federal government, foreign affairs, education, and more. The Asian Studies Online Major focuses on area and comparative studies. Students who are interested in area studies can now earn the 36 credits of upper division coursework for the major entirely online, which emphasizes the role of the Asian region in contemporary world affairs. 

Program Requirements (36 credits)

  • A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses (C- is not acceptable).

Language Requirement (6 credits)

Two semesters of Asian language (any level)

JPN 1130 Japanese I

JPN 1131 Japanese II

 

Core Course (36 credits)

  • ASN 3410 Intro to East Asia (also satisfies Global Learning Requirement) (3 credits).
  • 18 credits from the Asian Studies course list (9 credits in International Political Economy and 9 credits in Asian Cultural Studies).
  • 6 credits in the Main Concentration
  • Students may receive credits through Study Abroad courses or an Internship program.
  • 3 credits in a supervised research course (ASH 4300 East Asian Civilization and Culture or equivalent based on approval of Program Director. 

What follows are selected courses that can count towards the degree:


International Political Economy (9 Credits)

  • CPO 3403 Politics of the Middle East
  • CPO 4401 Arab-Israeli Conflicts
  • DSC 4012 Global Terrorism
  • ECS 3200 Economics of Asia
  • FIN 4604 International Financial Management
  • INR 3081 Contemporary International Problems
  • INR 3226 International Relations of Central Asia
  • INR 3703 International Political Economy
  • INR 4082 Islam and International Relations
  • SYP 3456 Societies in the World
  • WST 3015 Introduction to Global Gender and Women's Studies

Cultural Studies (9 Credits)

  • ANT 3241 Myth, Rituals, Mysticism
  • ANT 3451 Anthropology of Race/Ethnicity
  • ASN 3503 Exploring East Asia: Virtual Reality Travel
  • ASH 3223 Middle East 1800-present
  • ASH 3440 History of Japan
  • ASN 3125 Intro to Spirituality of Japan
  • ASN 3200 Asia Through Films
  • ASN 4810 East Asian Texts in Translation
  • GEO 3421 Cultural Geography
  • HFT 3713 International Travel and Tourism
  • REL 3308 Studies in World Religions
  • REL 3316 Healing in Asian Religions

Main Concentration (6 Credits)

  • ASN 3016 China Then and Now
  • ASN 3143 Corporate Culture China
  • ASN 4111 Japan and the New East
    JPN 3500 Japanese Culture and Society
  • REL 3340 Survey of Buddhism

Alternative courses can be applied with the approval of the Program Director.

Requirements

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply:

Freshman Students
Please submit the following:
  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.

Transfer Students
Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students
In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

  • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must first be accepted into the university. Students admitted to Florida International University are admitted directly to their chosen major.

Program Completion Requirements

A total of 120 credits are required to complete the fully online undergraduate degree. Students must complete the University Core Curriculum, University requirements and College of Arts, Sciences & Education requirements while satisfying requirements toward their Asian Studies major and are expected to make good progress based on critical indicators, such as GPA in specific courses or credits earned. In cases where students are not making good progress, a change of major may be required. The College of Arts, Sciences & Education advisors work to redirect students to more appropriate majors when critical indicators are not met. For specific course requirements, visit the Courses tab on this program page.

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:

Florida International University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003

USA



FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00
  • One Card Fee: $10
    (This is an annual fee, not related to your per credit fee, therefore, it is not listed above).

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Dr. Steven Heine is Professor of Religious Studies and History and Director of Asian Studies. His research focuses on East Asian religion and society. As Program Director, he oversees the curriculum development for the online degree and advises students. His most recent publication is a book titled From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Ian Cohen, Adjunct Instructor, focuses his research on the evolution of the portrayal of the Japanese in Chinese and Hong Kong martial arts cinema. He teaches ASN 3200 Asia Through Film. This popular course uses cinema to explore perceptions of Asian history, society, and culture.

Marcela Lopez-Bravo, Adjunct Instructor, has a background in linguistics as well as a certificate in Introduction to Online Learning. She has spent extensive time in Asia. Her courses are ideal for both beginner level and advanced students. They cover a wide range of topics from historical trends to contemporary pop culture.

Dr. Amy Bliss Marshall, Assistant Professor of Japanese History, focuses her research on mass media and mass culture in Japan. Her history courses offer students an in-depth look at social and cultural trends that shaped Japan’s history and continue to inform its present, providing a broad overview of Japanese society from its earliest history to the contemporary era.

Masako Kubota, Adjunct Instructor of Japanese Language and Culture, recently led the FIU Honors College Study Abroad program Japan. Her JPN 3500 Japanese Culture and Society examines the social issues and culture of Japan from the years 1600-1868, ideal for both beginners and more advances students.

Dr. Asuka Mashav, Assistant Director of Language Programs, Japanese Language Instructor, and Director of Summer Study Abroad Program at APU, focuses on Japanese language classes and has helped build a strong language curriculum. Her research interests are Japanese language pedagogy and Japanese culture. She teaches multiple levels of Japanese online.

Dr. Eric Messersmith, Asian Studies Lecturer, focuses both on historical and contemporary East Asia. With a background in International Relations and extensive training in the art of tea ceremony, his courses, ideal for students of all levels, examine historical and modern political trends as well as culture.

Satoko Nourishirazi, Adjunct Instructor, teaches beginner level Japanese classes online. She continues to be a popular and effective teacher. 

Dr. Shenggao Wang, Chinese Language and Culture Instructor, specializes in teaching Chinese as a foreign language as well as introductory courses on Chinese history, culture, and the contemporary trends of globalization, environmental issues, and rapid economic growth.

@ A Glance


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