Majoring in Asian Studies

Majoring in the Study of Asia

At ASU, undergraduates interested in the study of Asia and Asian languages can choose among several options.

The Asia Major

ASU’s Asia Studies Major is offered in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. It is intended for students who anticipate future careers in international business, law, teaching, journalism, diplomacy, social work, public health, philanthropy, or the military/security forces for whom a knowledge of Asia will be a primary career asset.

The Asia Studies Major offers courses in a variety of disciplines. Majors will develop concentrations (or tracks) in East, South, or Southeast Asia and also take courses focusing on the region as a whole. They will also achieve competence in an Asian language of their choice. (Two years, or the equivalent, are required.) Students who are interested in this major or seek academic advice on its curriculum may email Professor James Rush, Director of the Asia Studies Major, at  James.Rush@asu.edu.

Incoming students to ASU may click any of the following links to see the Major Map for the three Asian Studies Majors. The Major Map provides the required courses and electives for each major, as well as a suggested outline of which semester to take the courses.

Tracks in the Asia Major:

The Director of the Asia Major is Professor James R. Rush.  Students who are interested in this major or seek academic advice on its curriculum may email him at  James.Rush@asu.edu.

 

Majoring in Asian Languages

The School of International Letters and Cultures offers majors in the languages and cultures of East and Southeast Asia, one of the most populated and culturally rich regions of the world. East and Southeast Asia encompass countries noted for their intense development and economic growth in the past several decades, including China and Japan, which have the second-and third-largest economies, respectively, in the world. Studying the cultures of East and Southeast Asia provides students with a familiarity of the widely diverse and highly fascinating theater, fashion, film, popular culture, philosophy, literature, architecture and other cultural expressions of these regions.

The School of International Letters and Cultures offers courses in the following Asian languages that help students develop their linguistic competence or acquire language skills necessary to conduct research, visit or travel in Asia.

You may click the name of a language below and be redirected to The School of International Letters and Cultures for more information regarding these language offerings.

Chinese | Hindi-Urdu | Indonesian | Japanese | Korean | Thai | Vietnamese

You may click the name of the culture/language you are interested in to be redirected to The School of International Letters and Cultures for more information regarding these majors.

 

Majoring in Asian Languages

In addition, The School of International Letters and Cultures offers undergraduate majors in Chinese and Japanese. Please see the following links for their Major Maps.

Current Asia Studies Majors

South Asia

  • Keys, Yasmeen

Southeast Asia

  • Coleman, Kevin
  • DeLelles, Damien

East Asia

  • Armstrong, Mariah
  • Bailey, Taylor
  • Bishop, Misa
  • Burke, Jordan
  • Castle, George
  • Cox, David
  • Gomez, Sarah
  • Gray, Kristen
  • Jang, Inwha
  • Kelly, Xavier
  • Lark, Brianna
  • Lindell, Nicole
  • Martinez, Magdalena
  • Mitchell, Natalie
  • Morales, Angelica
  • Nasir, Margarete
  • Perkins, Erica
  • Plum, Alexander
  • Rayburn, Kevin
  • Rogers, Megan
  • Song, Eliot
  • Sturm, Kristopher
  • Teague, Rebecca
  • Thompson, Angela
  • Thompson, Matthew
  • Toyoguchi, Nanaho
  • Ung, Jenny
  • Vaughn, Heather
  • Wang, Zetong

Current Students Pursuing Certificates

Asian Studies

  • Bishop, Misa
  • Chang, Hosu
  • Constantini, Anthony
  • Daus, Richard