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Asian Studies

Why Pursue Asian Studies?

Indian manuscript image of Rama and Sita in the forest, c.1650 CE

Through the study of a relevant language -- Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, or Korean -- and coursework in history, the humanities, and the social sciences, you will gain a sophisticated critical understanding of a specific Asian region -- East, South, or Southeast -- or country. You will also learn to examine the world, and yourself, through the lens of another language and culture.

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First-year Focus


The Asian Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary major that combines substantial training in a relevant language – Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, or Korean – and a stimulating, well-rounded mix of History, Humanities, and Social Science courses related to Asia.

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