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Asian Studies



Jin ParkJin Park
Program Director

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Korean Garden on the Jeju island by Richard Fabi.

Asian Studies Program

The Asian Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program whose curriculum combines a variety of courses offered by different departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and also courses from other schools at AU including the School of International Service. Faculty members teaching courses in the Asian Studies Program are from different American University schools and departments.

The BA degree in Asian Studies aims to understand Asia in a dynamic global context. It will enhance students’ understanding of historical and contemporary global culture and politics by enabling students to engage with an extensive and intensive study of Asia in the past and present. Students majoring in Asian Studies explore the societies of East and South Asia and their global ramifications. The program offers a lively academic study of Asia through interdisciplinary curriculum, internships, international exchange programs, and study abroad.


ASEAN Film Festival
Sep 5-14, 2014

Husserl and Heidegger: Phenomenology, Eurocentrism, and Buddhism
McDowell Formal
Oct 20, 2014, 5.30-8 pm

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ASEAN Studies Center

American University’s ASEAN Studies Center, the first of its kind to be established in the United States, was formally launched at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 14, 2009, by AU’s Dean of the School of International Service, Professor Louis Goodman, and the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. The Center is part of AU’s School of International Service, the largest and one of the oldest schools of international relations in the United States.

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