List of All U.S. Colleges with an Asian Studies Major

Asia has played an enormous role in the global political, cultural, economic, and other spheres, both currently and historically. That’s why scholars are so eager to study this important region. It’s also a rich, diverse major that can set you up for success in a wide variety of careers, from politics to law to the arts.

 

Keep reading to learn all about the Asian studies major and how it will prepare you for your future.

 

Overview of the Asian Studies Major

 

Aiming to broaden students’ understanding of Asian cultures, languages, and life, Asian studies is an interdisciplinary program combining many areas of focus, such as history, literature, political science, anthropology, communication, and economics. Among others, specific topics and course requirements may include:

 

  • Art history
  • Asian civilizations
  • Asian literature in translation
  • Asian languages
  • Comparative cultures
  • Comparative religion
  • Economics
  • Film Studies
  • Geography
  • Global governments
  • History of Asian cultures
  • International relations

 

Students often engage in research and explore a wide range of topics in Asian cultures.

 

This is a liberal arts major that will help students build skills and gain experience in text and primary source analysis; clear communication in writing, speaking, and reading in both English and Asian languages; cultural, historical, and economic comparison; language proficiency; and research.

 

Asian studies graduates have many and varied opportunities across sectors like:

 

  • Academia
  • Advocacy
  • Arts organizations
  • Community outreach
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Global business
  • Government
  • International law
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Policy
  • Translation/interpretation
  • Travel/tourism

 

Some of these positions require graduate degrees. There are also master’s degree and PhD programs in Asian studies or niche topics, like Cornell University’s Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture PhD program. This is particularly useful for academic careers in Asian studies.

 

What to Look for in a College as an Asian Studies Major

 

Faculty who are preeminent interdisciplinary scholars 

 

Asian studies is an interdisciplinary major, as discussed, and combines topics in many fields. Look for schools with faculty who are recognized leaders and scholars in their fields, particularly if they emphasize Asian cultures within their body of work. This might, for example, include faculty focused on Asian literature.

 

Study abroad opportunities

 

Many Asian studies programs urge students to study abroad in Asia to immerse themselves in the culture. Whether you want to study in China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Malaysia, South Korea, or someplace else, many colleges will offer exchange programs to learn more about the countries they’re studying firsthand.

 

Internship placement

 

Look for schools that help students find internships that allow them to gain experience in an Asian studies-related field. At Pace University, for example, the Global Asia Studies program assists students with securing internships at Asian cultural institutions in New York City. The program’s website says that these experiences encourage students to develop new connections in the community, professional skills, and “a deepened understanding of diasporic Asian cultures.”

 

Research opportunities

 

Some Asian studies programs require research projects as part of their major. Even if they don’t, you should aim to get research experience anyway, working with faculty in the program and in related disciplines. Look for programs that provide opportunities to conduct research with scholars in their field.

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List of All U.S. Colleges With an Asian Studies Major

 

School

City

State

American University

Washington DC

Washington DC

Amherst College

Amherst

Massachusetts

Arizona State University | ASU

Tempe

Arizona

Augustana College

Rock Island

Illinois

Austin College

Sherman

Texas

Barnard College

New York

New York

Baylor University

Waco

Texas

Belmont University

Nashville

Tennessee

Bennington College

Bennington

Vermont

Berea College

Berea

Kentucky

Birmingham-Southern College | BSC

Birmingham

Alabama

Boston University | BU

Boston

Massachusetts

Bowdoin College

Brunswick

Maine

Bowling Green State University | BGSU

Bowling Green

Ohio

Brigham Young University | BYU

Provo

Utah

California State University, Long Beach | Long Beach State

Long Beach

California

Calvin College

Grand Rapids

Michigan

Carleton College

Northfield

Minnesota

Carthage College

Kenosha

Wisconsin

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland

Ohio

Claremont McKenna College | CMC

Claremont

California

Clark University

Worcester

Massachusetts

Coe College

Cedar Rapids

Iowa

Colgate University

Hamilton

New York

College of St. Benedict | CSB

Saint Joseph

Minnesota

College of the Holy Cross | Holy Cross

Worcester

Massachusetts

Colorado College

Colorado Springs

Colorado

Cornell University

Ithaca

New York

Dartmouth College

Hanover

New Hampshire

DePauw University

Greencastle

Indiana

Florida International University | FIU

Miami

Florida

Florida State University | FSU

Tallahassee

Florida

Furman University

Greenville

South Carolina

George Washington University | GW

Washington

Washington DC

Gonzaga University

Spokane

Washington

Hamilton College

Clinton

New York

Hobart and William Smith Colleges | HWS

Geneva

New York

Hofstra University

Hempstead

New York

Indiana University of Pennsylvania | IUP

Indiana

Pennsylvania

Kennesaw State University | KSU

Kennesaw

Georgia

Knox College

Galesburg

Illinois

Lafayette College

Easton

Pennsylvania

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest

Illinois

Lehigh University

Bethlehem

Pennsylvania

Lewis & Clark College

Portland

Oregon

Loyola Marymount University | LMU

Los Angeles

California

Macalester College

Saint Paul

Minnesota

Marietta College

Marietta

Ohio

Montana State University | MSU

Bozeman

Montana

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley

Massachusetts

New York University | NYU

New York

New York

Northeastern University

Boston

Massachusetts

Northwestern University

Evanston

Illinois

Ohio University

Athens

Ohio

Old Dominion University | ODU

Norfolk

Virginia

Pace University

New York

New York

Pennsylvania State University | PSU

University Park

Pennsylvania

Pepperdine University

Malibu

California

Pomona College

Claremont

California

Purdue University

West Lafayette

Indiana

Rice University

Houston

Texas

Rollins College

Winter Park

Florida

Saint Mary’s College of California | St. Mary’s

Moraga

California

San Diego State University | SDSU

San Diego

California

Scripps College

Claremont

California

Seattle University

Seattle

Washington

Seton Hall University

South Orange

New Jersey

Sewanee: The University of the South | Sewanee

Sewanee

Tennessee

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs

New York

St. John’s University

Queens

New York

St. Joseph’s University | SJU

Philadelphia

Pennsylvania

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s City

Maryland

St. Olaf College

Northfield

Minnesota

Suffolk University

Boston

Massachusetts

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore

Pennsylvania

Temple University

Philadelphia

Pennsylvania

The State University of New York at Albany | SUNY Albany

Albany

New York

The State University of New York at Binghamton | SUNY Binghamton

Vestal

New York

The State University of New York at Stony Brook | SUNY Stony Brook

Stony Brook

New York

Tufts University

Medford

Massachusetts

Tulane University

New Orleans

Louisiana

Union College (New York)

Schenectady

New York

University of California, Berkeley | UC Berkeley

Berkeley

California

University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA

Los Angeles

California

University of California, Riverside | UC Riverside

Riverside

California

University of California, Santa Barbara | UCSB

Santa Barbara

California

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Ohio

University of Colorado Boulder | CU Boulder

Boulder

Colorado

University of Delaware

Newark

Delaware

University of Florida

Gainesville

Florida

University of Hawaii at Manoa | UH Manoa

Honolulu

Hawaii

University of Iowa

Iowa City

Iowa

University of Louisville

Louisville

Kentucky

University of Maryland, Baltimore County | UMBC

Baltimore

Maryland

University of Massachusetts Boston | UMass Boston

Boston

Massachusetts

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor

Michigan

University of Montana

Missoula

Montana

University of Nevada, Las Vegas | UNLV

Las Vegas

Nevada

University of New Mexico | UNM

Albuquerque

New Mexico

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | UNC

Chapel Hill

North Carolina

University of Northern Colorado | UNC

Greeley

Colorado

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Indiana

University of Oregon

Eugene

Oregon

University of Redlands

Redlands

California

University of Richmond

University of Richmond

Virginia

University of San Francisco | USF

San Francisco

California

University of Texas at Austin | UT Austin

Austin

Texas

University of the Pacific

Stockton

California

University of Toledo

Toledo

Ohio

University of Utah

Salt Lake City

Utah

University of Vermont | UVM

Burlington

Vermont

University of Washington

Seattle

Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison | Wisconsin

Madison

Wisconsin

Utah State University

Logan

Utah

Vanderbilt University

Nashville

Tennessee

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie

New York

Washington State University | WSU

Pullman

Washington

Wheaton College (Massachusetts)

Norton

Massachusetts

Whitman College

Walla Walla

Washington

Willamette University

Salem

Oregon

Williams College

Williamstown

Massachusetts

 

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What Are Your Chances of Acceptance?

 

Whether you want to pursue a degree in Asian studies or one of hundreds of other disciplines, you’ll need to have stellar credentials to gain admission to top schools. Most selective colleges and universities use the Academic Index to filter out applicants, so first, you should put forth your best effort in all your courses and prepare extensively for your standardized tests.

 

You should also pay attention to the qualitative aspects of your application, pursuing leadership positions in your extracurriculars (such as heading an Asian language club or participating in a non-profit or cultural organization) and writing an exceptional essay.

 

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Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in History. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer specializing in education. She dreams of having a dog.

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