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Asian Studies Pre-Major, AA-DTA Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide is a tool to help you understand what classes are recommended for this pre-major; review this information with your advisor as you develop an educational plan. 

Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a baccalaureate degree in Asian Studies.

Asian Studies is also an excellent program for graduate work in Comparative Cultures, International Relations, Public Policy, Political Science, Social Sciences, Education, Linguistics, Law and Medicine.

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Select one of the following courses:

HUM 105  , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105  

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following classes. (MATH& 107 , MATH& 146 , or PHIL& 120  recommended.)

MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120  

* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, mathadvising@shoreline.edu.

Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: ARTH 204 , ARTH 210 , ENGL 154 , HUM 140 , PHIL 210 . Strongly recommended: CHIN& 121 , JAPN& 121 , or JAPN& 221  (if majoring in Japan Studies)

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses. Recommended: ENVS& 101 , GEOG 204 MATH& 146 , OCEA& 101  

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences . Recommended: EASIA 218 INTST 123  INTST 200  INTST 201  INTST 205 .

General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits

Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives  and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) . Recommended: ANTH& 206 , ARTH 204 , ARTH 210 , ENGL 154 , PHIL 210 , PE 116 , PE 117 , PE 216 , PE 217 .

Strongly recommended:

CHIN& 122 , CHIN& 123  


JAPN& 122 , JAPN& 123  


JAPN& 222 , JAPN& 223  (if majoring in Japan Studies)

Where can I go for help?

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

International Student Academic Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Career Planning


Asian Studies Faculty Advisors

Mayumi Steinmetz
206-546-5887 msteinme@shoreline.edu Rm 5372
Keith Takechi
206-546-5809 ktakechi@shoreline.edu Rm 2051
Neal Vasishth
206-546-4736 nvasisht@shoreline.edu Rm 5344

Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)

Major Information General Transfer Information
Central Washington University http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/transfer-admission-criteria
Eastern Washington University https://www.ewu.edu/apply/transfer/
Gonzaga University http://tinyurl.com/7c9d6xh
Seattle University http://tinyurl.com/z3kjpcm
University of Puget Sound http://tinyurl.com/h7yqx8s
University of Washington - Seattle https://admit.washington.edu/Apply/Transfer/
Washington State University http://tinyurl.com/jk3a2v2
Western Washington University https://admissions.wwu.edu/transfer
Whitman College http://tinyurl.com/z8vuwn9

What is Asian studies?

Asian Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complexities and diversity of Asia and Asian societies. Through courses such as Asian languages, literature, history, Asian arts, eastern philosophy, geography, economics, sociology and political science, students develop a deep understanding and knowledge of Asian civilization.

Contemporary issues in Asian Studies: Asian Languages and Culture, Asian Arts and Literature, Modern China and Japan, History of China, Japan and Southeast Asia, Political Systems, Foreign Policy and Asian Religions.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Studies?

Asian Studies is an excellent course of study to prepare future leaders for work with an area of the world that has become increasingly important in global affairs. Asian Studies majors become teachers and professors, researchers, diplomats, counselors, administrators, advocates, curators, publicists, and business leaders.

Potential employers include: Local, State and Federal and Government Agencies, Foreign Service, Public and Private Schools, Hospitals and Health Care Facilities, Law Firms, Community and Social Service Organizations, Public Advocacy Groups, Non-Profit Organizations, Foundations, Historical Societies, Asia Society, Museums, Libraries, Colleges and Universities, Business and Industry. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

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