Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Asia Concentration

This concentration emphasizes Asia’s history and increasingly significant role in contemporary world issues. The courses in this concentration cover the economic, social, and political issues that confront the Pacific, India, China, and mainland Asia. Students interested in anthropology, history, art history, government, and religious studies should consider this concentration.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in global affairs must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 36-39 credits within the major, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.  Students completing the Smithsonian-Mason semester program will have a total of 40-43 credits. Students must have a minimum grade of 2.00 in each of the core courses and a minimum grade of 1.67 in each of the courses used to fulfill the concentration and the language requirement for global affairs majors.  Students who major in global affairs may not also earn the minor in global systems or receive credit for ECON 390.

Six core courses (18 credits)

GLOA 101 - Introduction to Global Affairs Credits: 3 or SOCI 120 - Globalization and Society Credits: 3

CONF 340 - Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution Credits: 3

CULT 320 - Globalization and Culture Credits: 3

ECON 385 - International Economic Policy Credits: 3

EVPP 337 - Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries Credits: 3

GOVT 322 - International Relations Theory Credits: 3 (Note the prerequisite for this course: GOVT 132 or GOVT 133.)

6-9 credits of language study beyond intermediate proficiency

To fulfill this requirement, students can continue the study of one language beyond the intermediate proficiency level (required for all BA degrees in the college) or choose to study other languages. After a student has demonstrated intermediate proficiency in one language, the remainder of the requirement may be fulfilled by taking any courses taught in a foreign language, at any level. Students are required to complete:

  • 9 credits beyond the completion of 210 or the receipt of heritage language waiver
  • 6 credits beyond the completion of 202

Four courses (12 credits) in an approved concentration

Courses applied to a global affairs concentration must come from at least two different departments. Concentration courses must be unique to the concentration: they cannot be simultaneously used to fulfill any Mason Core or college requirement for the bachelor's degree. They cannot be applied to any other major, minor, concentration, or certificate.

In addition to the courses listed below, other relevant courses, including special topics courses, study abroad, and internships (maximum 3 credits), may be applied to a concentration with prior written approval from the director.

By World Region

◊ Concentration in Asia (ASA)

This concentration emphasizes Asia's history and increasingly significant role in contemporary world issues. The courses in this concentration cover the economic, social, and political issues that confront the Pacific, India, China, and mainland Asia. Students interested in anthropology, history, art history, government, and religious studies should consider this concentration.

Choose 12 credits from the following:

ANTH 306 - Peoples and Cultures of Island Asia Credits: 3

ANTH 309 - Peoples and Cultures of India Credits: 3

ARTH 203 - Survey of Asian Art Credits: 3

ARTH 382 - Arts of India Credits: 3

ARTH 383 - Arts of Southeast Asia Credits: 3

ARTH 384 - Arts of China Credits: 3

ARTH 385 - Arts of Japan Credits: 3

ARTH 386 - The Silk Road Credits: 3

CHIN 310 - Survey of Chinese Literature Credits: 3

CHIN 311 - Modern Chinese Literature in Translation Credits: 3

CHIN 328 - Asian American Women Writers Credits: 3

CHIN 320 - Contemporary Chinese Film Credits: 3

GOVT 333 - Government and Politics of Asia Credits: 3

GOVT 338 - Government and Politics of Russia Credits: 3

GOVT 341 - Chinese Foreign Policy Credits: 3

GOVT 433 - Political Economy of East Asia Credits: 3

HIST 251 - Survey of East Asian History Credits: 3

HIST 252 - Survey of East Asian History Credits: 3

HIST 353 - History of Traditional China Credits: 3

HIST 354 - Modern China Credits: 3

HIST 356 - Modern Japan Credits: 3

HIST 357 - Postwar Japan Credits: 3

HIST 358 - Post-1949 China Credits: 3

JAPA 310 - Japanese Culture in a Global World Credits: 3

JAPA 320 - Japanese Cinema Credits: 3

RELI 212 - Religions of Asia Credits: 3

RELI 313 - Hinduism Credits: 3

RELI 314 - Chinese Philosophies and Religious Traditions Credits: 3

RELI 315 - Buddhism Credits: 3

RELI 317 - Daoism Credits: 3

RUSS 353 - Russian Civilization Credits: 3

or other course approved by the program director

Total: 12 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in global affairs may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing EVPP 337.

Total: 36-39 credits (Students completing the Smithsonian-Mason semester program will have 40-43 credits.)

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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