Asian Studies Focus Award

The courses included in PCC's Asian Studies Focus Award foster a rich understanding and appreciation of the cultures of Asia. A minimum of sixteen credits from the courses listed below entitles students to receive an Asian Studies Focus Award, which will show prospective employers and transfer colleges a foundational focus on Asia. These studies encourage broader reflections about the nature of culture and how it shapes everything from world views to daily life. Above all, the focus award enables students to develop a multidimensional perspective on Asia with its many cultures and to enhance their own life experience as well.

Asian Studies Focus Award Requirements

To receive the Asian Studies Focus Award, a student will complete at least 16 credits from the following choices, which must:

Although only two courses from one discipline may apply toward the award, we encourage and wholeheartedly support taking two full years of an Asian language.

Courses may be selected from the following:

ATH 103 1Introduction to Cultural Anthropology4
ART 207History of Asian Art (India)4
ART 208History of Asian Art (China)4
ART 209History of Asian Art (Japan)4
Business Administration
BA 203 1Introduction to International Business3
All language and culture credit courses may apply to the focus award. They vary from 3-5 credits.
Communication Studies
COMM 140 1Introduction to Intercultural Communication4
GEO 212 1Geography of Global Issues4
HST 105History of India and South Asia Region4
HST 106History of China4
HST 107History of Korea and Japan4
All language and culture credit courses may apply to the focus award. They vary from 1-6 credits
ENG 207World Literature - Asian (India)4
ENG 208World Literature - Asian (China)4
ENG 209World Literature - Asian (Japan)4
MUS 108 1Music Cultures of the World3
PHL 210Introduction to Asian Philosophy4
Physical Education
Any PE course with an Asian focus, such as Aikido, Judo, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, and Yoga may apply to the focus award.
Political Science
PS 204 1Comparative Political Systems4
PS 205 1Global Politics: Conflict & Cooperation4
PS 241Modern India and Its Neighbors4
PS 242Modern China and Its Neighbors4
Religious Studies
R 201Asian Religions4
R 210 1World Religions4
Women's Studies
WS 201 1Intercultural Women's Studies4


As part of the process of pursuing the Asian Studies Focus Award, students are encouraged to work with an Asian Studies committee member as a mentor. For more information, please visit our website at:

The Asian Studies Focus Award satisfies Portland State University's International Studies requirement, INT 216a, Introduction to Asian Studies, with some restrictions.  PCC is a Regional Center of the East-West Center’s Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP):  In addition, PCC is affiliated with the Oregon East Asia Network: