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Major in Asian Studies

Thai instructor Ngampit with her Thai class eating a durian

A major in Asian Studies is rewarding for students of all backgrounds, as the global presence of Asia becomes ever more visible. This degree offers students career opportunities in law, business, government, journalism, arts, education, post-secondary education, and more.


Applicants must first successfully receive a minimum grade of B in at least two Asia content courses. These may include one language course, but writing seminars do not fulfill the requirement. The major must be declared no later than the second semester of the junior year. Admission to the major after the start of the seventh semester will be by petition only.

The majors can choose an additional major (double major) in another discipline. Courses taken to complete a double major also fulfill the normal requirement for elective units. Because the field is so vast, each major works closely with a faculty advisor to design an academic program which meets individual interests, abilities, and career goals.

All Asian Studies majors must demonstrate second-year proficiency in an Asian language.

The Asian Studies Department offers three areal minors, along with a minor in Sanskrit Studies. Many students choose to highlight their Asian areal interests by combining a minor with their chosen major. 

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  • Major