Requirements

For Students in Chinese Studies

Before Moderation, usually by the end of the second year at Bard, students whose concentration is Chinese Language and Literature will have taken at least 1 year of Chinese (12 credits) and at least 2 courses (8 credits) in Chinese literature and culture. To graduate, students need 44 credits consisting of the following:

  1. Chinese language: Completion of Advanced Chinese 301 and 302, and at least one course at or above the 303 level.
  2. Four courses cross-listed with Asian Studies. Of these, at least three should be Chinese literature taught in Chinese or in English, and one should be an additional course focusing on East Asia.
  3. One course (4 credits) oriented toward literary theory or in a comparative frame.
  4. Senior Project.

For Students in Japanese Studies

Before Moderation, usually by the end of the second year at Bard, students whose concentration is Japanese Language and Literature will have taken at least 1 year of Japanese (8 credits) and at least 2 courses (8 credits) in Japanese literature and culture. To graduate, students need 44 credits consisting of the following:

  1. Japanese language: Completion of the language sequence through Advanced Japanese II (JAPN 302).
  2. A minimum of four courses cross-listed with Asian Studies. Of these, at least three should be Japanese literature or culture classes taught in Japanese or English, and one should be an additional course focusing on East Asia.
  3. One literature course in a non-Asian literature to be selected in consultation with the advisor.
  4. Senior Project.

I. Language and Literature
A minimum of 44 credits consisting of the following:

  1. At least 3 years of language study in either Chinese or Japanese (24 credits)
  2. Four courses cross-listed with Asian Studies (16 credits). Of these, at least two literature courses should be in one’s primary region and one should be a literature course focusing on another part of East Asia.
  3. One course in a non-Asian literature (4 credits). Preferably, this will be a course oriented toward literary theory.

II. Arts and Social Studies
A minimum of 40 credits consisting of the following:

  1. At least 2 years of language study in either Chinese or Japanese (16 credits)
  2. Five courses cross-listed with Asian Studies (20 credits). Of these, at least one course should be in one’s primary area and at least two courses in one’s primary disciplinary and regional area.
  3. One course that is in your discipline but which considers an area outside of Asia (4 credits).

For All Other Asian Studies Students

Before Moderation, usually by the end of the second year at Bard, students should have taken 16 credits (four courses) in courses cross-listed with Asian Studies. These might include, for example, 8 credits in courses offered within the Arts Division or Social Studies Division and 8 credits in the Languages and Literature Division.

To graduate, students are expected to take a minimum of 40 credits in Asian Studies. Of these, 4 credits (one course) must be an Asian Studies Core Course treating an aspect of Asia in comparative perspective. The Senior Project topic may be specific to a particular culture, or it may be comparative.