Major or Minor in Asian Studies

Develop the language skills and cultural knowledge needed for careers and professions ranging from business and government to education and the media.

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies offers majors in Asian Studies and Chinese, minors in Arabic, Asian Studies, Chinese and Japanese, certificates of language proficiency in Arabic, Chinese and Japanese, and a certificate in Asian Business and Society. We also offer instruction in Hebrew, Hindi and Korean. Our courses taught in English on literature, film and culture also provide rigorous academic training for those interested in going to graduate studies and professional degree programs. The popular minor and certificate programs complement most majors at the university, including Asian Studies and Global Studies.

Academic Offerings

Study Abroad in Asia and the Middle East

We strongly encourage our students to study for a semester or more in one of the countries they learn about in the Arabic, Asian Studies, Chinese and Japanese curriculums.

Connect With the World Around You

We're about more than language proficiency. With us, you'll develop a deep understanding of the politics, history and culture of the regions, acquiring the skills needed to connect globally.

Literature, Film and Popular Culture

With courses in Asian and Middle Eastern literature, film and pop culture, our department welcomes students from any major interested in developing familiarity with the cultures of China, Japan and the Middle East.


From lectures, to film screenings, to networking opportunities with some of the region's biggest employers, events at the College of Liberal Arts are designed to support your life's work.