Major & Minor


The major's interdisciplinary emphasis provides a broad overview of Asia as well as an in-depth investigation into themes and topics that extend across a range of Asian societies. Aided by language study, the major comprises an in-depth, integrated, and interdisciplinary program. Students may select from courses in Asian languages and cultures, comparative literature, economics, environmental studies, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, women's studies, and courses offered in the School of Management.

Concentration in Philippine Studies

The major in Asian Studies with a concentration in Philippine Studies requires 40 credits of coursework, including 12 credits of foundational courses and 28 credits of Philippine Studies electives.


The minor provides interdisciplinary study of the cultures, development, and relations among the societies of the Asia Pacific region. The program is open to all students in the University, enabling them to combine study of a major field with a focused study of Asian history, culture, and contemporary affairs.

In order to enhance the career value of the minor, students are strongly encouraged to also pursue the study an Asian language.