Asian Studies Major

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 Tim Weston at Timothy.B.Weston@colorado.edu. Dr. Weston's office hours are Mondays from 3:15-4:15 at the Center for Asian Studies, and on Wednesdays from 12:15-1:15, or by appointment, in Hellems 370. 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.