Asian Languages and Cultures / Undergraduate Study

Asian Religions BA

Learning Outcomes

The Asian Religions major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Appreciation of the central place of religion in Asian cultures, with focus on chosen region of expertise and tradition of focus
  • Understanding of the crucial role of language and written documents in the development of religious beliefs and practices
  • Clear and effective writing on topics in the field, in a way that is sensitive to the complex dynamics and transformations of religion across Asian cultural boundaries
  • Formulation of research projects using primary and secondary source materials, making effective and critical use of primary and secondary source materials
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of one Asian language at an intermediate level
  • Demonstrated basic exposure to the Buddhist argot of one Asian language

Preparation for the Major

Required: Completion of the intermediate sequence in one Asian language offered by the department (e.g., Chinese 6, 10, Filipino 6, Hindi-Urdu 100C, Indonesian 6, Japanese 6, 10, Korean 6, 10, Thai 6, Vietnamese 6, or equivalent) and Asian 30 or one introduction to religions course from Asian M60, M60W, M61, Chinese M60, M60W, Korean M60, South Asian M60, or Southeast Asian M60.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Asian Religions major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: two years of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino/Tagalog, Hindi, Indonesian, Thai, or Vietnamese, or one year of Sanskrit, and one introduction to Buddhism course or one introduction to Asian religions course.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Three upper-division language courses in one Asian language offered by the department; six upper-division Asian religions courses within the department, including at least one course each concerning religions in China, Japan, Korea, and either South Asia or Southeast Asia; and two electives within the department.