Apr 23, 2018  

Asian Studies Concentration

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The Asian Studies Concentration provides students with a coherent, interdisciplinary introduction to the history, cultures, economics, and politics of this dynamic region. The concentration offers students a choice of three tracks: East Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. Concentrators will work with a faculty adviser to design a coherent program, which may include some courses outside the chosen track.


Six courses distributed among at least three departments and as follows:

2. Completion of five other courses in Asian Studies.

(Check with the current faculty liaison for a list of eligible courses.)

3. Study of a language appropriate to the student’s chosen track.

(The language and level of competence required will depend on the student’s program and on the resources available for language instruction.)

4. An international experience in Asia.

Note: A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all graded courses applied towards the concentration. No more than two 100-level courses may be included in the concentration; no more than two of the six courses may be applied both to the concentration and to a major.

Application Procedure:

The Asian Studies concentration is administered by the Asian Studies Advisory Committee. The faculty liaison is Dr. Shelley Rigger. A student must submit a written application at the beginning of the junior year to the Asian Studies Advisory Committee. If a substitution for any of the courses is to be considered, the applicant must explain in writing the reason for the request and show how such substitutions would enhance the proposal. Certification of completion of all the requirements for the concentration is made by the Registrar upon the recommendation of the Asian Studies Advisory Committee.

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