Asian Studies, BA

215 Mather Memorial
Phone: 216.368.5362
Lihong Shi, Program Advisor

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Major: Asian Studies

Program Overview

Asian studies has become an increasingly important area of study in North American colleges and universities. This is due in part to a growing acknowledgment that Asian cultures are of significance both regionally and globally. The Asian Studies Program offers students the opportunity to explore these cultures from a multidisciplinary perspective so that they are able to understand the social, cultural, political, and other forces that shape and have shaped Asian nations.

The Asian Studies Program draws on faculty and courses from such departments as anthropology, art history and art, economics, modern languages and literatures, history, philosophy, political science, and religious studies. A current list of approved courses is available from the program advisor. 

Students are encouraged to take courses in different disciplines in order to obtain broad exposure to the languages, literature, art, culture, religious traditions, and political, economic, and social institutions of Asian countries. The Asian Studies Program also offers an honors program to qualified majors.

In addition to course offerings, the Asian Studies Program sponsors extracurricular activities that enhance the formal study of Asia and give students additional opportunities to explore and understand Asia’s importance in the global community. The program sponsors lectures and films and administers a website devoted to Asia. It also encourages students to participate in study abroad programs in Asian countries and to utilize Asian resources at the Cleveland Museum of Art and other local institutions.

Undergraduate Policies

For undergraduate policies and procedures, please review the Undergraduate Academics section of the General Bulletin.

Accelerated Master's Programs

Undergraduate students may participate in accelerated programs toward graduate or professional degrees. For more information and details of the policies and procedures related to accelerated studies, please visit the Undergraduate Academics section of the General Bulletin.

Department Faculty

Lihong Shi, PhD
(Tulane University)
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology; Advisor, Asian Studies Program

Ananya Dasgupta, PhD
(University of Pennsylvania)
Assistant Professor, Department of History

Melvyn C. Goldstein, PhD
(University of Washington)
Distinguished University Professor and John Reynolds Harkness Professor, Department of Anthropology; Co-Director, Center for Research on Tibet

Kelly M. McMann, PhD
(University of Michigan)
Professor, Department of Political Science; Director, International Studies Program

Deepak Sarma, Ph.D.
(University of Chicago)
Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Yasuhiro Shirai, PhD
(University of California, Los Angeles)
Professor, Department of Cognitive Science

Jonathan Tan, PhD
(The Catholic University of America)
Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor in Catholic Studies, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Peter Yang, PhD
(University of Utah)
Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures