Asian Studies

Choose among four interdisciplinary majors...

The Asian Studies Program allows students to explore the rich and extremely diverse cultures of Asia, home to some 60 percent of humanity. Students may select from three regionally focused majors: East Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. Or they may select a fourth major, Asian Studies (Transregional), which allows them to study the diversity of Asia in a comparative framework. All four majors require an interdisciplinary course of study, including the humanities and social sciences. Achieving language proficiency is an important goal of each major. Courses in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Korean are currently offered at Mount Holyoke, and many other Asian languages are offered through the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages. A wide array of extracurricular activities, including weekly language tables, films, and festivals, complements coursework. Most majors continue their exploration of Asia through study abroad programs in China, India, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Oman, and many other countries.