Asian Studies

With nearly half of the world’s population living in East, Southeast, and South Asia, the importance of this immense and varied region cannot be overstated. More and more Americans are discovering the rich culture and history of the Asian people. Asians have made a major contribution to the world's literature, art, religion, and philosophy, and are increasingly important in international relations, business, and economics.

Non-majors who wish to increase their knowledge about Asian peoples will find courses available in the Asian Studies undergraduate program.

Program Overview

Preparation for the major requires that the student take State and Society in the Asia Pacific (ASIAN 100) and Asian Thought and Cultures (ASIAN 101).

Competency (equivalent to three semesters of study) in an Asian language is required.

The upper-division curriculum is designed to enhance the student's understanding of issues that affect Asian society. In addition to courses in the Department of Asian Studies, students may take courses in such fields as the arts, anthropology, comparative literature, economics, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and women's studies. Students benefit greatly from the diverse points of view gained from this interdisciplinary exposure.

Special Features

  • Evening classes, for both undergraduates and graduates, are regularly scheduled for those unable to attend during the day.
  • Overseas study: Student and faculty exchange programs operate with a number of universities in China and Japan, as well as a departmental summer in Thailand program.
  • The Asian/Pacific Student Alliance is a student group that provides opportunities for social interchange and sponsors such activities as films and talks by visiting scholars.
  • The China Studies Institute fosters campus and community involvement with "China" in the widest sense, encompassing the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Southeast Asian Chinese communities, and the Chinese-American experience. It supports research and instructional programs at San Diego State University relating to China and supervises faculty and student exchange programs with China while seeking public and private sources of support for its various activities.

Career Opportunities

The Asian Studies program seeks to provide a background for students planning to enter business, the academic environment, government, or community service wherever the knowledge of Asia and Asians is needed. Students in the major develop an understanding of cultural heritage, societies, language, and Special Forces. Areas of special interest may be pursued in depth.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Asian Studies program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.