Asian Studies Major
The study of Asia is highly relevant and important in this global age. Its influences on the Western world can be seen in economics, politics, music, the arts, entertainment, and religion.
The Asian Studies major at CU-Boulder encompasses a diverse interdisciplinary study of Asia and gives students an opportunity to discover Asia through a wide variety of courses that reflect the astonishing diversity of the region. Many students choose Asian Studies as a second major to complement the study of such subjects as history, international affairs, and geography. As part of your Asian Studies major requirements, you will receive a thorough grounding in the history of Asia and you will study an Asian language: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Sanskrit, or Tibetan. All majors will complete their Asian Studies degree with the Senior Thesis or Project in Asian Studies, an in-depth exploration of broad issues that relate to a sub-region within Asia or the region as a whole.
Upon completion of this course of study, you will have received a highly individualized and broad education in the Asian region that will allow you to better understand its history and culture as well as its current dynamics.
For detailed information about requirements and other aspects of the Asian Studies major, click on the links to the left.
A minor in Asian Studies is available. It requires 21 hours of coursework. For specific requirements, see this page.
The University of Colorado offers certificate programs in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and South Asian Languages and Civilizations, which provide certification of South or West Asian regional specialization within the Asian Studies major. Click the links for more information.
For more information: Please contact Faculty Advisor Colleen Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Berry's office hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15 until 3:15 in Room 202 in the Center for Asian Studies building at 1424 Broadway (2 doors north of Starbucks on University and Broadway). Contact the Undergraduate Advisor Allison Frey at Allison.Frey@Colorado.edu. To change your major to Asian Studies, please schedule an appointment through advising.colorado.edu's appointment system. For continuing students with quick questions, Allison's walk-in hours are on Tuesdays 3-4 and Wednesdays 10-11 in McKenna 236.
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Associate Director, Asian Studies Program/Instructor, Colleen Berry
Colleen was bitten by the Chinese language bug while attending college. After graduating, she spent several years in Taiwan studying Mandarin before receiving an MA from the Jackson School (UW, Seattle) where she focused on modern Chinese history and politics. She then led tours in China for twelve years before and after starting a Ph.D. in Chinese literature at Indiana University. She lived in Japan for four years while writing her thesis, studying Japanese, and working for a Japanese company. After that, she emigrated to Canada and taught Mandarin, Japanese, and Chinese literature at the University of Manitoba before moving to the University of North Dakota where she was an Associate Professor of Chinese Studies in the Modern and Classical Languages Department. She’s now delighted to be here in Boulder with its mountains and milder winters and is looking forward to the challenges of her new position.
In Spring 2015, Colleen will hold office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15 until 3:15 in Room 202 in the Center for Asian Studies building at 1424 Broadway (2 doors north of Starbucks on University and Broadway).
Allison is originally from Ohio and graduated from Wright State University-Dayton in 2010, receiving degrees in both International Studies and Religion, and a minor in Spanish. One of her proudest accomplishments as an undergraduate was that she studied abroad three times (India, Costa Rica, and Spain)! Allison received her MA in South Asian Religious Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May of 2012, where she was an award-winning teaching assistant. Her graduate thesis focused on her personal and academic studies of Odissi, an Indian classical dance form. Her experiences working with students as a teaching assistant, study abroad advisor, tour guide, and first-year seminar instructor fed her interest in academic advising. She and her dog, Una, live in North Boulder, and she enjoys dancing, playing roller derby, and traveling.