As a region, Asia has experienced rapid economic, social, and political transformations in the modern period due to internal dynamics and interactions with the global economy and strategic environment. With increasing transnational flows of information, goods, money, people, and culture, Asia represents one of the most globally integrated regions. Home to over half the world’s population, divided into 27 nation-states, Asia is also characterized by its internal diversity. The Asian studies program introduces students to Asia’s distinctive political, cultural, and socio-economic systems, defined in part by the historical interplay of transnational religious, artistic, and political systems and civilizations.
As a program, Asian studies aims to provide its majors with the following:
Nine courses including ASIA 101; 490 or ASIA 495/496 (Honors Thesis); seven courses selected from the approved list (a maximum of two language courses); a Foreign Language requirement (Intermediate language proficiency, e.g., Chinese or Japanese 112 or another approved Asian language); and the AB Common Course of Study.
Five courses including ASIA 101 and four courses from the approved list. A maximum of two language courses.