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Bachelor of Arts

Apply by:

Nov. 15

To begin:

Jan. 07


As the world’s industries become increasingly global, the demand for graduates with a background in international studies, such as Asian Studies, has grown. Since its financial crisis decades ago, Asia has become a significant emerging market, and is poised to capture double-digit growth rates in the worldwide e-commerce scene, according to Research and Markets. Asia is also the Earth’s largest and most populated continent, rich in natural resources and human resources as manufacturing for multinational companies continues to dominate the region. 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 Asian Studies B.A. degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career that focuses on the region. Classes emphasize a multidisciplinary approach of study and cover language and culture, philosophy and religion, as well as arts and literature. With an in-depth look at China, Japan, India, and Central and Southeast Asia, 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?

    United States relations with Asia are fluid and changing as our new administration constructs and readdresses international policies. Asia’s emerging market is predicted to experience record growth in e-commerce. As 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.

    Graduates of this fully online program pursue careers in both the private and public sectors. A degree in Asian Studies prepares graduates for 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.

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  • 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. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses required for the major. A grade of "C-" or lower is NOT acceptable in any required course. This is a university rule as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog under the College of Arts and Sciences.

    In addition to the above requirements, students pursuing a B.A. in Asian Studies must complete the following: 

    Core Course (3 Credits)

    • ASN 3410 Introduction to East Asia

    Capstone Course (3 Credits)

    • ASN 4510 Dynamics of Asia OR ASN 4390 Modern Asia


    Language Requirement (6 Credits)

    Students must achieve intermediate level proficiency (four semesters) of an Asian language (i.e. Chinese or Japanese; other Asian languages may apply) unless pursuing Asian World Affairs Track (see below). If a student tests out of language courses, s/he must fulfill the requirements with additional course work.

    Students may also receive credits through Study Abroad in Asia and Internship programs!

    Concentration Coursework (24 Credits)

    All Asian Studies students are required to take courses in the following areas:

    • International Political Economy of Asia (9 credits)

    • Asian Cultural Studies (9 credits)

    • Main Concentration (6 credits, see below)

    For the main concentration, students will choose from four tracks: International Political Economy of Asia, Asian Cultural Studies, East Asian Studies, and Asian World Affairs. Students may also take up to six (6) credits in independent studies.


    All majors must select one of the following concentrations within the B.A.

    Asian Cultural Studies Concentration

    The Asian Cultural Studies concentration emphasizes the humanities and arts disciplinary approaches. This track includes area studies and/or language courses.

    International Political Economy of Asia Concentration

    The International Political Economy concentration emphasizes social scientific studies involving economic, international relations, politics, and sociology. This track includes area studies and/or language courses.

    East Asian Studies Concentration

    The East Asian Studies concentration emphasizes advanced language studies by requiring six (6) semesters of Chinese, Japanese or other Asian language, which may be done with:

    1. six (6) semesters in one Asian language, or

    2. four (4) semesters in one Asian language and two (2) semesters in another Asian language (only 6 credits will be counted from the second language for this requirement).

    Asian World Affairs Concentration

    The Asian World Affairs Track is designed for students who have a special interest in Asia and the role of the region in contemporary world affairs. In the 21st century, it is crucial for students interested in current issues of Asian economies and policies, trade and investment, and cross-cultural exchanges and intellectual activities to be well-versed in an interdisciplinary study of the area. Familiarity with a relevant Asian language is required for students to better understand Asia and world affairs.

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  • 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 requirementswhile 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


    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

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  • Top Faculty

    Iqbal Akhtar

    Dr. Iqbal Akhtar is an Professor with a dual appointment in the departments of Religious Studies and Politics & International Relations within the School of International and Public Affairs. He completed his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh’s New College School of Divinity. His current work explores the origin of the Khōjā peoples in the Subcontinent through extant oral traditions known as the kahaṇī in Sindhi, Gujarati, and Hindustani.

    Daniel Alvarez

    Professor Alvarez's teaching and research interests have been primarily in the areas of Christian theology and world religions, with emphasis on Protestantism, Evangelicalism and 19th century liberal theology. Having been raised as a Fundamentalist Christian, he has developed a life-long interest in the varieties of religious Fundamentalisms. Outside of Christianity, Buddhism and Islam are the religions with which he is best acquainted and those that have exercised his thinking the most. 

    Whitney Bauman

    Professor Bauman's teaching and research interests in Religious Studies fall within the broad field of "Religion and Ecology." The driving question of his interests and commitments to the field is: How do religious beliefs, insights, doctrines, and practices shape the material-physical worlds around us? This question assumes that some sort of "religious sentiment" is part of what it means to be a human being in the world. He is interested in analyzing how these "big questions" are changed by forces such as global climate change and globalization. 

    Ana María Bidegain

    Dr. Ana María Bidegain was born in Colonia Suiza, Uruguay. She studied History in Uruguay and Belgium, where she earned her PhD, with great distinction at the Catholic University of Louvain. She developed her academic career in Colombia, where she lived and taught for more than 20 years. Dr. Bidegain founded the History Department in the University of Los Andes and opened the field of Religious Studies at the National University of Colombia. In the 2003-2004 biennium, she directed the Social Sciences Research Center of the National University of Colombia. Prior to joining us here at Florida International University, Ana Maria was a Visiting Professor in Harvard’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program.

    Erik Larson

    Dr. Larson's interest focuses on the interaction between religion, language and culture began when he was an undergraduate student at the American University of Beirut.  At FIU, he teaches classes on the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, Biblical Archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the New Testament, Early Christian History, Islam, and World Religions. He also teaches language classes on Biblical Hebrew, New Testament Greek, and Classical Arabic.

    Tudor Parfitt

    Dr. Tudor Parfitt founded the Centre of Jewish Studies at SOAS and was its director from 1993 to 2006 and from 2010-11. He was also Chair of the Middle East Centre at SOAS for 4 years and Chair of the SOAS Senior Common Room for 15 years. In 2012 he was Distinguished Visiting Scholar, (Global Engagement Program) at the University of Pennsylvania, Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow (Spring Term) at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Harvard University (where he gave the Huggins Lectures in 2011) and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research, Cape Town, South Africa. In 2012 he was appointed President Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies and SIPA Research Professor at FIU.

    Samani Unnata Pragya

    Professor Pragya has been teaching since 2004 as an Assistant Professor in Jainology Department in JVBU. She is also an Adjunct Faculty at Florida International University teaching courses like ‘Meditation & Spiritual Development’, Intro to Asian Religions, Religion Life & vegetarianism, Healing in Asian Religions since 2007.  Her advanced stidues include the study of Jainism and other philosophies under the spiritual guidance of the Anushasta of the JVBI, H.H. Acaraya Mahaprajna. The study included Jain Scriptures, Indian Philosophy,Western Philosophy & others by H.H. Acharya Mahapragya himself as well as other scholars including: Prof. Dayanand Bhargava, Aruna Kumar Mukharji, Pandit Vishwanath Mishra.

    Oren Baruch Stier

    Professor Stier's main area of interest is Jewish Cultural Studies, with a special emphasis on the contemporary period and all aspects of present-day Jewish life and thought. His ongoing current research concerns Holocaust memory and representation: He has published one book on this topic, Committed to Memory: Cultural Mediations of the Holocaust (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003), which addresses the roles the contemporary media and modes of cultural mediation play in shaping consciousness of the legacy of the Holocaust, especially in the form of its institutionalized memory. He is currently working on a second book in this area of research, Holocaust Symbols: The Icons of Memory, which deals with the historical and memorial contexts of several fundamental images associated with the Holocaust.

    Steven Vose 

    Dr. Vose's main areas for research and teaching are the religious traditions of South Asia, primarily in Jainism and secondarily in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Islam.  Dr. Vose is interested in devotional practices as public religious expressions, especially pilgrimage and temple ritual; and the place of “tantra” and alchemy in medieval Indian society. Dr. Vose also works on the development of vernacular literary traditions, especially in Old Gujarati, and the interaction of Sanskrit, Prakrit and vernacular languages and literatures.  

    Erin Weston

    For her undergraduate work, Professor Weston received a BA in Religious Studies, a BA in Philosophy, and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from FIU. She has a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies (1999) and a Master’s Degree in Asian Studies (2006) both from FIU. Her Religious Studies thesis focused on a contemporary Japanese religion named Mahikari in the Caribbean island of Martinique. For her final paper in Asian Studies, she wrote about changes in the Shakyamuni Buddha’s iconography as Buddhism spread throughout various locations in Asia.

    Albert Wuaku

    Professor Wuaku holds a Ph.D. degree in Religious Studies from the Center for the Study of Religions at the University of Toronto in Canada. He went to the University of Toronto after completing a BA at the University of Ghana, a Certificate in Peace studies at the University of Oslo in Norway and a MA in Religion and Society at McMaster University in Canada. 

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120 Credits Required


$212.71 Per Credit Hour (In-State)


$329.77 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State)


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