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Asian Studies BA - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: 03.01 ASIAN STUDIES-GENERAL, CIP: 05.0103 Asian Studies/Civilization)

Asian Studies Program

412 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Walter Hakala

Amanda Kennell
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Becoming an Asian Studies BA Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), SAT or ACT scores and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. For the 2018 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 25-30 and an average SAT score of 1190-1350. The average GPA ranged from 91-96.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

All entering first-year students with an interest in Asian Studies will be listed as "approved" majors.

Transfer Admission to the Program

All entering transfer students with an interest in Asian Studies will be listed as "approved" majors.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Applications for the Asian Studies major and minor are provided on the program website. Students are required to meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for acceptance into the major. Students may apply to the major at any time and are encouraged to discuss their academic plans with the director as early as possible. Students who have not completed the prerequisite courses may be accepted into the major on a provisional basis.

Suggested Introductory Courses

These are not necessarily required for acceptance to the major, they do not need to be taken in any sequence, and they are not pre-reqs for other AS courses.

  • AS 101 Introduction to Asian Studies
  • AS 181 or AS 182 Asian Civilizations
  • AS 221 Survey of Asian Literature
  • AS 229 Contemporary Asian Societies
  • An elementary course in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi/Urdu, or another Asian language
Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:40:51