Welcome to the Asian Studies Program!

Asia matters. Simply asking the question of what encompasses “Asia” opens up ways of seeing that require historical knowledge, cultural literacy, political acuity, and a willingness to cross borders. Asia’s immense diversity and rapid pace of transformation have made it an engine of global change that is exciting, and indeed indispensable, to explore from multiple perspectives. Students with expertise in Asia go on to work in public policy, education, business, journalism; they work and travel abroad and with migrants at home, and they are curious about worlds beyond their own shores.


Asian Studies Minor

The Asian Studies program offers an 18-credit interdisciplinary minor that provides a high degree of flexibility in course selection. Students choose courses that treat Asia as a world region, attain proficiency at or beyond the intermediate level in an Asian language, select electives from three different departments, and finish with a Capstone course specially designated each semester for its interdisciplinary approach to a specific topic.

Distinguished Lecture Series

Asian Studies runs the Daniel C. Morrissey ‘88 and Chanannait Paisansathan, MD Distinguished Lecture Series in Asian Studies with approximately two high-profile invited lectures per year.

In addition, we offer occasional faculty panels on current issues and sponsor or co-sponsor various cultural events, film screenings, and invited talks. 

Read more on the Distinguished Lecture Series


Program Director, Asian Studies
Franziska Seraphim
Associate Professor of Japanese and Asian History

Administrative Assistant, Asian Studies
Yao LI
Graduate Student
Lynch School of Education

News & Notes

We work closely with the Office of International Programs (OIP) to support students taking advantage of one of our internal or approved external programs in China, India, Japan, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam. A number of scholarships are available to students studying in Asia.

Study Abroad