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​​Thailand - Photo courtesy of Alice Ba

​​Thailand - Photo courtesy of Alice Ba

From China to Japan, Vietnam to Malaysia, Indonesia to India: The Asian Studies Program at the University of Delaware offers its majors and minors the opportunity to learn about the cultural, socio-economic and political changes transforming some of the world‘s most dynamic economies and societies in Northeast, Southeast, and South Asia. The interdisciplinarity of the program also makes it easy to combine the major with other programs should students wish to do so. Popular combinations with Asian Studies include international relations, history, Japanese language, Chinese language, and political science. The program also offers the option of a minor in Asian Studies, in addition to the major.  

Enrichment opportunities include study abroad in China and Japan, virtual learning opportunities with students in Malaysia, field trips, lecture and film series, and student interest groups. An Asian Studies major or minor should be of interest to students seeking careers in a wide range of fields, including business, teaching, higher education, diplomacy, local government, journalism, non-profit advocacy, economic development, the environment, immigration, fashion apparel, translation, banking, historic preservation, museum curating, civil engineering, public relations, among other fields.       

The current Asian Studies faculty comes ​from the Departments of Anthropology, Art History, English, Foreign Languages & Literatures, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, and Sociology & Criminal Justice.


Major Requirements

Course requirements for the major in Asian Studies can be found in the UD Academic Catalog.

Advising and substitutions

Substitutions for the courses in all the Asian Studies degree programs may be made with the permission of the Asian Studies Committee. Independent Studies courses, Special Problems courses and Temporary/Experimental courses may also count toward these degrees with the Committee's approval. Requests for course substitutions or approvals should be addressed to the Director of Asian Studies . The course list will be updated from time to time.

Honors Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies

All Honors degree candidates must complete the following:

  1. All requirements for the B.A. in Asian Studies.
  2. All the University's requirements for the Honors Degree. The Honors credits in the major shall come from at least two participating departments, and at least two courses at the 300 level or above.
  3. The cumulative grade point average for all courses in major must be at least 3.400.
  4. For Honors Degree with Distinction: an additional 6 credits of Thesis (UNIV401/402).

Minor Requirements

​UD Students at Kyoto - Photo courtesy of Mark Miller

The Asian Studies minors form an interdisciplinary program for students wishing to focus their interests on Asia as an enhancement and complement of their undergraduate majors.

Requirements for the minor in Asian Studies can be found in the UD Academic Catalog.

Study Abroad

​UD Students at Kyoto - Photo courtesy of Mark Miller

​UD Students at Kyoto - Photo courtesy of Mark Miller

Study Abroad is strongly recommended for students in this program. The Asian Studies program has regularly led a Winter Session study abroad program to China and Summer Session program in Kobe, Japan.

Asian Studies students have the opportunity to study language, history, and society in China, Japan, and beyond through UD Study Abroad.  Courses taken overseas may partially fulfill requirements for the Asian Studies major or minor. For information, program details and course offerings, please visit the Institute for Global Studies.

Faculty Director

Dr. Haihong Yang

Director, Asian Studies Program

Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

University of Delaware​

109 Jastak-Burgess Hall

Newark, DE 19716

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