Major in Asian Studies

For a quick overview of the Asian Studies Program please refer to our informational slick by clicking here...
The Asian Studies major is designed to accomplish three goals: to ground the student in a regional language and culture, to survey various disciplines in Asian Studies, and to provide advanced research opportunities. The program prepares students for further graduate work, professional education, or employment in the public or private sector. There is also an increasing demand for graduates who combine a major in a disciplinary field (e.g., business, economics, international relations) with a second major in Asian Studies, including Asian language competence.

Forbidden City - Beijung, China

The major in Asian Studies requires a minimum of 9 courses (36 credits), which includes Study Abroad. Students must reach Intermediate II level in an Asian language and accomplish courses in the following three categories:

A. 6 HU/SS courses (varied credit):
• One must be at the 200 level or above and may
include an advanced Asian language course.
B. 1 Study Abroad course (3 – 4 credits):**
• **If Study Abroad is difficult academically or
financially, other arrangements can be made upon
major advisor’s approval.
C. 2 Capstone project courses (Senior Capstone Project):
• Pre-thesis (4 credits in Fall); Thesis (4 credits in the
• Students are encouraged to work with primary
sources under supervision of a faculty member.
For course guidance contact:
Dr. Annabella Pitkin, Director and Academic Advisor, Asian Studies Program
31 Williams Hall, Room 195 | 610-758-3372 |