Asian Studies

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Welcome to Asian Studies!

The Asian region, broadly defined here – including East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia – has a rich variety of languages, cultures, and literatures in the long history of their respective civilizations, and it is a region with continually growing importance in the contemporary global economy. 

The concentration in Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program with a focus on Asia. It is based on a strong foundation of language, literature, and cultural studies. Students choose either Chinese (Mandarin) or Japanese, and take a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework, including 3 years of study of the target language and elective East Asian literature and culture courses offered by CMLL faculty.

For the required 36 credit hours, students can also include courses offered outside CMLL in e.g. history, geography, and religion, with upper-division courses. Students in the Asian Studies concentration will thus build a strong foundation in one of the East Asian languages and literatures, have an understanding of the Asian region from multidisciplinary perspectives, and develop critical perspectives toward Asian literature, culture, and society. Students majoring in Asian Studies thus can pursue careers in a wide range of professional fields such as public service, journalism, international trade and manufacturing, information technology, education, media, law, and government.

Degree Requirements

123 total degree hours consisting of a combination of  36 credit hours through a combination of FLC, FLJ and East Asian-focused courses, in addition to College of Arts & Sciences and University requirements.

Advising Sheet


Clubs and Organizations


*All of the literature/culture courses in Asian Studies are taught in English.

Spring 2023

Language Courses:
FLC 1123  Chinese II
Section I MTWR 10:00am-10:50am
Section II MTWR 11:00am-11:50am
FLC 2143  Chinese IV MWF 9:00am-9:50am
FLC 3163 Chinese VI MWF 8:00am-8:50am
FLJ 1123  Japanese II
Section I MTWF 10:00am-10:50am
Section II MTWF 11:00am-11:50am
FLJ 2143  Japanese IV MWF 9:00am-9:50am
FLJ 3163  Japanese VI TR 8:00am-9:15am

Literature/Culture Courses:
FL 4503 Ghost Tales from China and Japan, 14th-19th Centuries* TR 2:00pm-3:15pm


Fall 2022

Language Courses:
FLC 1113  Chinese I
Section I  MTWR  10:00am - 10:50am
Section II  MTWR  11:00am - 11:50pm
FLC 2133  Chinese III M W F  09:00am - 9:50am
FLC 3153  Chinese V M W F  08:00am - 08:50am
FLJ 1113  Japanese I
Section I  MTW F  10:00am - 10:50am
Section II  MTW F  11:00am - 11:50pm
FLJ 2133  Japanese III  M W F  09:00am - 9:50am
FLJ 3153  Japanese V T R  08:00am - 09:15am

Literature/Culture Courses:
FLC 3203  Survey of Chinese Literature*  M W   02:00pm - 03:15pm
FLJ 3303  Survey of Japanese Culture*  T R  02:00pm - 03:15pm

Spring 2022

Language Courses:
FLC 1123  Chinese II
FLC 2143  Chinese IV
FLJ 1123  Japanese II
FLJ 2143  Japanese IV
FLJ 3163  Japanese VI

Literature/Culture Courses:
FLJ 4403  Japanese Popular Culture*


Hiroko Clay
Hiroko Clay

Hiroko Clay


Dr. Fumiko Jōo
Dr. Fumiko Jōo

Dr. Fumiko Jōo

Assistant Professor & Asian Studies Section Head

Dr. Liang-Yin Lin
Dr. Liang-Yin Lin