Asian Studies

Spring 2021 Course Offerings  

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 processes?

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.


Asian Studies students participate in a wide variety of co-curricular activities, including talks from renowned scholars, Lunar New Year celebrations, Taiko drumming, batik workshops, tea ceremonies, and calligraphy demonstrations. Students also participate in intensive language study abroad programs in China, Japan, and Taiwan, as well as faculty-led field school programs in Southeast Asia.


Asian Studies students develop skills that prepare them to live and work in different cultural contexts, including the societies of Asia. Alumni pursue graduate study or employment in a diverse range of fields, including art, business, education, history, linguistics, politics, and religious studies.

Asian Studies Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

Information about scholarship and fellowship opportunities available to Asian Studies students.

Dr. Nimjee featured on PBS: Kathak: Stories in Motion

Dr. Ameera Nimjee is an ethnomusicologist, musician, and kathak dancer.

She is a student of Toronto-based kathak artist Joanna de Souza.

Learn more about the place of kathak dance and Asian identity in her life, as a resident of Tacoma.

Alum Feature: Aya Goto '19

Aya Goto graduated in May 2019 with a double major in Japanese and Comparative Politics. She is currently working as a Coordinator for International Relations through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.  Click here to read about Aya’s experience working in Japan. 

Alum Feature: Nicholas Navin '19

Nicholas Navin graduated in May 2019 with a major in SOAN and a minor in Japanese. He is currently working as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.  Click here to read about Nicholas's experience working in Indonesia.