Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program open to all students across the University. It is sustained by faculty with expertise in East Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia. It offers students the tools to pursue individual interests as they engage on a wide range of topics, draw inspiration from visiting experts, take part in Asia-related events on campus and around Boston, and study abroad in Asia.

Diverse Courses

Art & architecture, history & memory, labor, migration, environment, literature, film, music, politics & international relations, race, gender, sexuality, religion & philosophy, social movements, ethnography, war and revolution

Language Study

Chinese to advanced level, Japanese to advanced level, Korean to intermediate level, Business Chinese and Japanese, Newspaper Chinese, Japanese pop culture, and linguistics

Faculty-led Research

Our faculty are engaged in research in Asia from Eight MCAS departments. Department crossover includes Art History, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Slavic and Eastern Languages & Literatures, Sociology and Theology

Study Abroad

Study abroad through the Office of International Programs in 6 Asian countries

Public Lectures & Faculty Roundtables

Asian Studies runs public lectures by high-profile invited scholars, public figures, as well as faculty roundtables, including the Morrissey & Paisansathan Distinguished Lecture Series in Asian Studies.

Career Support

Information sessions on teaching and studying in Asia as well as individual faculty guidance with scholarship and internship applications helps with career building.