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Global Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores culture, literature, politics, economic development and international relations of Asia, the Asian diaspora in the world and Asian Americans.

Faculty members from across the University to contribute to the program. Areas of expertise include: American studies, pan-Asian American studies, art and art history, Chinese studies, creative writing, cultural studies, entrepreneurship, film studies, history, inter- and pan-ethnic studies, Japanese studies, Latin American and Latino studies, literature, law, media studies, political economy, religious studies, sociology, and women and gender studies.

The Global Asian Studies program also provides students with quality co-curricular activities.  We bring in speakers and performers of national renown to provide the latest theoretical, scholarly, or popular culture developments in the field of Global Asian Studies.  These co-curricular activities provide a contemporary link between in-class learning and out-of-the-classroom experiences and are open to the public.

A minor in Global Asian Studies complements a student's major field of study through:

  • Enhancing cultural competence in Asia, particularly in business and social practices.
  • Preparing for challenge and ambiguity, especially in inter-cultural and international environments.
  • Improving critical thinking and analytical skills, including in professional presentation and writing.
  • Strengthening career readiness via hands-on learning, study abroad, and international exchange.
  • Developing flexibility and adaptability to new places and situations.
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities.

Minor Requirements

Six courses (24 quarter hours): three courses from the General Asia category, one of which must be AAS 205, and three chosen from across the Regions.

General Asia


    Northeast Asia:

    South / Southeast / Central Asia:

    Asian America and Diaspora:

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) may be applied to the minor only with permission from the Director of Global Asian Studies.

Study Abroad

Several programs with trips to Asia are offered, including short-term programs to Hawai’i, the Philippines, India, Japan, Vietnam, and China.