Asian Studies : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Asian Studies Major

The interdisciplinary major permits the student to explore several regions and cultures of Asia as well as the Asian experience in America. At the same time, it requires a focus on one region or culture of Asia and a related Asian language.

Asian Studies Minor

As a companion to a major in an academic or professional field, the interdisciplinary minor broadens and enriches the student's academic experience. It conveys skills and concepts needed for appreciating the rich civilizations and vibrant nations of Asia and for dealing professionally with Asian peoples. The minor is a valuable credential for graduate study and an international career.

Acceptance Criteria - B.A., Minor

A minimum grade of "C" in any two courses is required for the major/minor.

Acceptance Information

Deadlines: Rolling
Total number of majors currently enrolled: 28

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

Suggested Introductory Courses
  • AS 101 Introduction to Asian Studies
  • AS 220 Culture and the Arts in East Asia
  • HIS 181/HIS 182 Asian Civilizations
  • AS 229 Contemporary Asian Societies
  • AS 110 The Asian American Experience
  • An elementary course in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi/Urdu, or another Asian language


Asian American Studies

Every semester, the Asian Studies Program and other departments offer courses exploring the history, literature, and social dynamics of peoples of Asian origin in North America.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

Over twenty Asian specialists in a variety of humanities and social sciences fields, focusing on China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Students can study abroad in Asia, undertaking language study and non-language classes. They can spend an academic year, a semester, or a summer at fine universities in China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Academic credit can be transferred to UB. For information, see Study Abroad Programs.

Extracurricular Activities

Students may join clubs which focus on Asian cultures. These include:

Also, at UB there are sororities and fraternities that focus on Asia.

The Asian Studies Program sponsors an on-going series of brown bag lunches called Asia at Noon, hosts exhibitions and performing artists from Asia, and organizes special lectures and conferences. The Asian Studies picnic in the fall is a major social event. A periodic newsletter, Asian Studies Notes, and on-line announcements keep students apprised of these opportunities.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement Asian Studies

Other Academic Concentrations at UB With a Focus on Asia

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:24 EST