Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Overview of the Asian Studies Graduate Program

The Department of Asian Studies is the principal academic unit within the College of Liberal Arts for teaching and research on Asia and offers courses in a number of modern and classical Asian languages, in addition to stressing the integration of language with the study of history and culture.

The M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Cultures and Languages (ACL) are designed for students who intend to pursue a career in scholarly research and university teaching on Asia. The M.A. programs in Asian Studies (ANS) are intended to give students a broad background knowledge of Asia and further their competence in an Asian language so that they may enter a career in business, law, non-profit or government work.

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