What You’ll Learn

  • History and significance of connections between Asia and the rest of the world
  • Themes and patterns found in Asian literary and artistic traditions
  • Cultural, economic, political, and social processes affecting change in Asia


  • Foreign service officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Translator
  • Import/Export specialist
  • Public policy consultant
  • International sales manager


What are the territorial and conceptual boundaries of Asia? How is Asia connected to the rest of the world? How have perceptions of Asia changed throughout history? What are the key themes and patterns found in Asian literary and artistic traditions, and how does an understanding of Asia enhance our understanding of cultural, social, and political responses?

The vast region labeled "Asia” is complex and diverse, and Asian peoples and institutions have greatly influenced human experience throughout the world. Asian studies offers courses in multiple disciplines, including art and art history, business, history, international political economy, languages and literature, politics and government, philosophy, religion, and sociology and anthropology. In addition to offering an interdisciplinary minor, Asian studies also offers majors and minors in Chinese and Japanese through its subsidiary Asian Languages and Cultures Program.


Nick Kontogeorgopoulos
Nick Kontogeorgopoulos, association dean of experiential learning

"Puget Sound is naturally placed to focus on Asia on this campus because of the connection between the West Coast of America and Asia—both historically for immigration and now for the economic connections."