The Asian Studies Program fosters interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of the rich cultural heritage of Asia. Course offerings cover a broad range of disciplines, primarily in the humanities. These include history, anthropology, art history, philosophy, religion, sociology, and literature with options for individual students to include courses from additional disciplines. Students interested in Asian Studies should consider the Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies majors. Students wishing to design a special major in Asian Studies should consult with program faculty. Program faculty strongly encourage interested students to study in Asia as part of their major program.
The minor in Asian Studies focuses on the study of the broad historical and cultural traditions of Asia as a foundation for the exploration of more specialized topics, both in the humanities and in contemporary areas of social, political and economic development. Students majoring in Chinese or Japanese Studies may not also minor in Asian Studies.