College of Arts and Sciences
714 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610
Web Address: www.asianstudies.buffalo.edu
Asian Studies Website.
Why learn about Asia? We live in an age in which major cultures that formerly were assigned to particular geographical regions of the globe are understood to have a truly global reach. From the visual
and performing arts to religion and philosophy, Asian cultures play an increasingly significant role in the cultural life of North America. Asian economies have worldwide presence, and political issues in that part
of the world affect us profoundly at home. By studying Asian civilizations and contemporary societies, we come to understand a significant part of humanity and acquire insight into our own lives and experiences.
The Asian Studies Program supports teaching, research, study abroad, and cultural events concerning Asia. The current strength of the program lies in China, Japan, and Korea, with growing capabilities in Southeast
and South Asia.
Several Asian languages are taught in the Department of Linguistics. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean are each offered through the fourth-year. Undergraduate minors
may be elected in these languages. UB students may also study Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, and Sanskrit.
Students can study abroad in Asia, undertaking language study, non-language classes, and graduate research. They can spend an academic year, semester, or summer at outstanding universities throughout Asia on
programs offered by the University at Buffalo and other SUNY campuses. Academic credit can be transferred to UB. For information, refer to Study Abroad.