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Asian Studies Major

Asian Studies majors work toward a goal of second-year language proficiency in an Asian language, and are encouraged to participate in short-term, semester, or year-long study abroad programs in China, Japan, or another Asian country.

You will analyze Asian society from perspectives of anthropology, art history, economics, history, literature and the arts, political science, religious studies, and sociology.

Our interdisciplinary program also brings greater international awareness to the campus and community by sponsoring guest lectures, cultural performances, high school outreach, and special events related to Asia.

What Will You Learn?

Deepen your understanding of this important world region by studying the people and cultures of the area. You'll learn to articulate the political, economic, and sociocultural relationships among Asian nations and between Asia and other regions. You will also learn Japanese or Chinese language.

The Asian Studies program prepares students for careers in business, government, education, the arts, medicine, computer science, and law. The AS major can be combined with a second major or minor from another discipline. A major or minor in Asian Studies pairs well with a degree in International Business with Language and Culture

Students majoring in AS must take 36 credit hours, including 12 credits in Chinese or Japanese language and 24 additional credits in AS courses in three different disciplines. All majors complete a capstone course. To complete the minor in AS, students take 18 credit hours.

Courses are listed in the University Bulletin under the following headings: Asian StudiesJapaneseChinese. Use this link to access the University Bulletin

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Adrianna Nelson '19 exploring Beijing's arts district

Adriana Nelson '19 Continues Fulbright Research in China

Adriana Nelson ’19, a double major in Asian Studies and English, is making the most of her Fulbright Fellows grant to study in China. As an undergrad, Adriana traveled with faculty Paul Nietupski (Theology and Religious Studies) and Bo Liu (Art History) and four other John Carroll students along the China segment of the Silk Road. With her research beginning in this journey, Adriana is living in Beijing and continuing her research at the Yulin Grottoes.  She attributes interdisciplinary EAS courses with introducing her to early Hindu and Buddhist concepts throughout South and East Asia, which continue to appear in her research in Chinese Buddhist art.  Adriana works one-on-one with Dr. Ning Qiang, who specializes in the cave site that she is researching.