Curriculum

Three participating colleges will develop a common curriculum which may include language courses, introductory level courses, advanced level courses, televised courses, capstone courses, etc.

Curriculum

Three participating colleges will develop a common curriculum

Three participating colleges will develop

Pre-program

Three participating colleges will develop a common curriculum which may include language courses, introductory level courses, advanced level courses, televised courses, capstone courses, etc. Three colleges will also develop common curricular activities such as team project, team research, and field research.
At the foundation stage, students would select subjects and research themes of their own interests while taking language and introductory level courses at their home institution. They would also have a chance to increase their language abilities at their home institution. (Pre-program)

At the consolidation stage

Program

At the consolidation stage, students would pursue a specialization while taking advanced level courses and doing team project/research and field research together. Especially a team project/research will give students a chance to design and conduct a project or research together with students from other countries. (Program)

The curriculum would serve

Post-program

At the final stage, students may take a capstone course at their home institution, which gives students a chance to conduct their own research and to develop their expertise as a scholar of the next-generation. (Post-program)
In line with these progresses, the curriculum would serve:
– to cultivate critical thinking skills and reasoned argument via course readings,
– to enhance students’ understanding of differences in cultures and perspectives, and
– to develop awareness of ethical responsibility as Asian citizens

Those students who complete the ARS program successfully will receive a B.A. diploma from his/her own university with a major (or sub-major, minor major) in “Asian Regional Studies,” and a certificate of the BeST Regional Expert co-signed by three Deans of the participating colleges. The three colleges will make their utmost efforts to develop this program into a joint degree B.A. program.

Degree to Be Conferred

Difference from Existing Domestic

This project can be differentiated from existing domestic and overseas programs in three aspects. First, three participating institutions co-manage a three-semester-long undergraduate joint major (or sub-major, minor-major) program and that participating students, as a classmate, take six core courses together (two courses per semester) while participating in the three-semester-long program.

 Second, the main focus of the project is on the exchange of undergraduate students while that of existing programs is on that of graduate students. Three, this project focuses on the field of convergence studies, which gives students a chance to explore issues of their interest from an inter-disciplinary or cross-disciplinary perspective, and to design and conduct a research beyond traditional discipline boundaries.

Overseas Programs in the Same Field