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The Asian Studies Program is Vanderbilt's home for the study of Asian languages and cultures.  As a center for interdisciplinary inquiry, our program explores Asia through the multiple lenses of literature, history, history of art, religious studies, political science, sociology, film and media studies. Our faculty's expertise spans widely across Asian regions, especially encompassing the countries of China, Japan, Korea, India, Bangladesh Nepal, and Vietnam. Chinese, Japanese, Hindi-Urdu languages are taught on campus while Tibetan is offered through a telepresence consortium with the University of Virginia and Duke University. Over three hundred students from all around campus study Asian languages with us each year.

The Asian Studies major, along with minors in Chinese and Japanese (with a minor in South Asia forthcoming from fall 2017), equip students with a crucial understanding of Asia’s central role in the world, both past and present.  Through its challenging global curriculum, Asian Studies prepares students for dynamic careers in multiple fields, including business, finance, law, medicine, policy, and academia.



The Asian Studies Course Offerings Spring 2018 list is now available! This list includes all of the courses that will be offered in the Spring semester of 2018 that count toward the Asian Studies Major and Minors.  Be sure to check it out when planning your Spring schedule!




The Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, and Japanese language instructors of the Asian Studies Program enjoyed meeting with students on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at The Foreign Language Edge:  Vanderbilt and Beyond to discuss the unique and invaluable opportunities that can result from language study.