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Asian Studies


Asian studies programs teach people about the history, economy, and cultures of Asia.

Asian studies programs include topics such as:


In Asian studies programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in Asian studies. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in Asian studies. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. Many colleges and universities offer interdisciplinary bachelor's degrees in Asian studies. Interdisciplinary programs combine courses from several college departments. In Asian studies it may be history, liberal arts, international relations, and humanities.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in Asian studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. Most programs also require that you speak, read, write, and understand at least one Asian language at an advanced level.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs in Asian studies typically require:

Things to Know

You may be required or encouraged to spend some time living, working, or studying in Asia. This gives you an immersion experience and the chance to practice your language skills with native speakers.

Some programs only focus on select Asian countries and languages.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Washington State University - Pullman

Whitman College

King-Snohomish Area

Northwest University

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

South Seattle College

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Gonzaga University

Tacoma Area

Evergreen State College, The (Tacoma Campus)

West Side Area

Evergreen State College, The

Western Washington University