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Asian Studies at American University

Asian studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines a variety of courses offered by different departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and other schools at AU, including the School of International Service.


Were you aware of the potential to complete a double major or double minor with Asian Studies?

Did you know many courses across campus double count toward double majors or minors, including SIS?

The Asian Studies Program 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.

Where will you go with Asian Studies?

See yourself going to graduate school in Japan, Korea, China?

Would you teach in China, or work for the State Department?

Faculty & Research

The Asian Studies program has many exciting research activities. Use the faculty profile links below to learn more. 

Pomnyun Sunim

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Statement in Solidarity with Anti-Racist Efforts from CRGC

The faculty of the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies join with protesters across the world to denounce police brutality and systemic anti-Black violence. 

Read the full statement