The Asian Studies Program (ASP) consists of full-time regular and affiliate faculty attached to the School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS), a free-standing unit with its own Dean, independent of any college or division. The ASP offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Asia, ancient and modern, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
The ASP offers an MA, a graduate certificate, a major, and minor in Asian Studies focused on any of its core areas: Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Asia, most of whose national languages are offered by the Departments of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures as well as East Asian Languages and Literatures.
Required courses are taught by ASP's own faculty while approved electives can be chosen from an array of 600 Asia-related courses taught by Asia specialists who are located throughout the University in many different departments and colleges, comprising some 256 full-time, permanent faculty.
The following disciplines, fields, and programs serve ASP's interdisciplinary mission: American Studies, Anthropology, Art and Art History, Business, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Ethnomusicology, Geography, History, Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Theater and Dance, Urban and Regional Planning, and Women's Studies. Many of these departments offer the Ph.D. with a focus on Asia.
The Asian Studies Program is also closely linked in terms of students, faculty, courses, fellowships, staff, and daily operations to all of SPAS eight Centers, three of which are recognized as National Resource Centers: Southeast Asia, East Asia and Pacific Islands Studies. The possibilities are endless.