Asian Studies program overview

The Asian Studies Program offers a flexible major that can be included in most degrees offered at the University of Sydney. Depending on your year of enrolment the requirements for completing the major may be different. Select from the options below to see the requirements relevant to you.

I started my degree before 2014

There are two compulsory first year junior units of study which are prerequisites for the Asian Studies senior level units (these junior level units may be waived by the department if students have taken other Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Table A junior units):

- ASNS1601 Introduction to Asian Cultures
- ASNS1602 Modernity in Asia

To obtain a major in Asian Studies, students must successfully complete 36 senior credit points. A minimum of 18 senior credit points must be made up of ASNS units; the other 18 senior credit points may be taken from approved cross-listed units of study offered by other Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences departments.

I started my degree in or after 2014

A major in Asian Studies requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 18 credit points from Core units of study of which 6 credit points must be at 3000 level.

The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table Asian Studies. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.

For a detailed overview of the Asian Studies subject area, a description of the major and its requirements, and a table and descriptions of the units of study available in this area, go to the

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - Asian Studies

For previous year enrolments: Handbook archive.

Unit of Study prerequisites are also reviewed from time to time. The prerequisites listed for units in your year of enrolment are valid for the duration of your candidature.

Clusters within Asian Studies

Undergraduate senior level units of study are grouped in two ways:

These two methods of clustering classes serve to give coherence, diversity, and choice to students, by grouping the existing units of study offered by Asian Studies into specialized clusters that students can select for their study focus. These clusters exist mainly to allow students to focus their studies on topic areas of their choice. Students are not required to take all units in any one cluster. Whatever specialisations the student selects, so long as the student completes the requisite 12 junior and 36 senior credit points, they will be able to major in Asian Studies.

International exchange

The program encourages students to spend a period of exchange at an overseas university. The University’s International Exchange Program enables you to undertake approved overseas study, with the credit achieved counting towards your degree at the University of Sydney. Comprehensive information is available at the Student Exchange Office Website.

You can study at one of the many partner universities across the world with which the University has signed a formal exchange agreement.


Academic policies and procedures

The Department follows the policies and procedures set out by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – for information, follow these links to the requisite Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences pages:

Policies webpage for information on:
- Plagiarism - Satisfactory progress - Late Work - Attendance

Student Administration Manual contains procedures, and the necessary forms, for amongst others:
- Applying for credit
- Applying for a DNF after the semester deadline
- Applying for Honours
- Applying for a suspension for one or two semesters
- Appealing against a result

Special Consideration webpage for information on:
- Special Consideration - for serious illness or misadventure
- Special Arrangements - for essential community commitments
- Extensions on assessments - for minor illness or misadventure