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Asian Studies

Programs Offered
  • Asian Studies (major and minor)

Asian Studies Faculty

Sixty percent of the world’s population lives in Asia. Additional millions of Asians live in other parts of the world — and Asia is home to the world’s oldest modern civilizations, some of its richest cultures, and some of its most dynamic societies. 

From our location in Seattle on the Pacific Rim, students and faculty at SPU learn about and encounter Asia because this is central to our mission of understanding and engaging our multicultural and complex world.

Pursuing Asian Studies as a major or minor will deepen your understanding of, and commitment to, global and cultural engagement, reconciliation, and human flourishing. In this major, your interdisciplinary coursework and diverse educational experiences will prepare you for service or further study in business, education, development, law, ministry, history, linguistics and many other fields.

Asian Studies (BA)

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  • A minimum of 54 credits are required for this major, including 23 upper-division credits.
  • Core coursework is the study of the history, languages, and cultures of Asia.
  • Electives include coursework from disciplines across the University, including art, business, economics, literature, music, political science, and others.
  • An Engagement Experience is required, such as a study abroad, an internship, or a senior project.

Asian Studies minor 

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  • A minimum 30 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • Core coursework is the study of history, languages, and cultures of Asia.
  • Electives include coursework from disciplines across the University, including art, business, economics, literature, music, political science, and others.
  • An engagement experience is required (e.g., study abroad, internship, or senior project).

Apply to the major or minor 

Asian Studies accepts applications to the major and minor year-round. To qualify for admission to the major or minor, you must have met these requirements:

  • Have completed at least 5 credits in Asian Studies coursework at SPU.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all Asian Studies coursework.
  • Submit the online Major or Minor application.
  • Complete the major or minor requirements in effect at the time you are admitted to the major or minor.

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