Asian studies courses are represented in the First-Year Seminar program (see list of courses, below), although these do not count toward the designation in Asian Studies. Several courses in the program are options in the core curriculum (in Fine Arts and Humanistic Approaches, as well as Connections), and Chinese and Japanese language courses meet the university's foreign-language requirement. In general, any student may take any course offered in the program without related prior study (although a few upper level courses have prerequisites, as indicated in departmental listings).
To qualify for the designation in Asian Studies or the designation in Asian Studies as Robert Trimble Distinguished Asia Scholar a student must meet requirements as specified below. While students self-select their participation in the designation program through declaration of the emphasis on Cascade, each student seeking the designation should coordinate her or his program with the Director of the Asian Studies Program and is encouraged to select a primary or secondary advisor from among the faculty members in the program.
Designation in Asian Studies
Designation in Asian Studies requires seven approved courses plus approved study abroad or internship in Asia:
- Students may declare the designation through Cascade at any time, but the end of a student's first year or during the second year at Puget Sound is advised. Students may consult the Director of the program for questions about the designation;
- Two units of Chinese or two units of Japanese from language courses listed below, or two approved units of another appropriate Asian language;
- One semester or summer pre-approved study abroad or internship in Asia;
- ASIA 344;
- Four approved courses in the program curriculum exclusive of language courses and ASIA 489 or equivalent (at least two of the four courses at the 300 or 400 level, at least two of the four courses on campus in Tacoma);
- Good academic standing upon entering the designation program, overall GPA in the program of 2.5 or above, and grades of C- or better in all program courses (no Pass/Fail).
Variation of requirements is possible, as arranged with the Asian Studies Committee by way of the Director of the program. Courses applicable to the designation in Asian Studies have no time limit.
Designation as Robert Trimble Distinguished Asia Scholar
Distinguished designation in Asian Studies requires eight approved courses plus study abroad or internship in Asia:
- All requirements, as above, for designation in Asian Studies;
- One-semester senior thesis: ASIA 489, or approved research seminar course in a department participating in the program (Art, Business and Leadership, Comparative Sociology, Economics, English, History, International Political Economy, Politics and Government, or Religion);
- Overall GPA in Asian Studies courses of 3.5 or above, grades of C- or better in all program courses (no Pass/Fail), and a grade of B- or above in ASIA 489 (or equivalent).
Each student should coordinate her or his program with the Director of the Asian Studies Program. Variation of requirements is possible, as arranged with the Asian Studies Committee by way of the director of the program. Courses applicable to the designation in Asian Studies with distinction have no time limit.
By completion of all requirements for the Pacific Rim/Asia Study-Travel (PacRim) Program, including three units of prerequisite courses (with at least one of the three prerequisite units at the 300 or 400 level), plus language study and ASIA 344 and meeting all other stated requirements, a PacRim student can earn the designation in Asian Studies or the distinguished designation in Asian Studies.