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Department of Asian Studies at Penn State


Welcome to the Department of Asian Studies at Penn State.

Asian Studies offers undergraduate majors in Asian Studies, Chinese, and Japanese, and minors in those same fields. We also offer a minor in Korean and four semesters of Hindi.

Asian Studies offers dual-title PhD degrees in a number of fields. These interdisciplinary degree programs will draw on programmatic strengths in East Asian history, East-West comparative literature, religious studies, comparative politics, political economy, the literature and history of the Asian diaspora, comparative colonialism and ethnicity, and historical and cultural linguistics.  Careers in Asian Studies.

Our award-winning, widely published faculty have research interests in a wide variety of fields, including Islam in China, the Ryukyu Islands, the architecture of the Indian city, Mughal political culture, East-West comparative literature, Confucian philosophy, contemporary Asian American fiction, medieval Japanese Buddhism, the history of Empire, the politics of democratization, and more. They come from a wide range of disciplines, including Applied Linguistics, Art and Art History, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Comparative Literature, Economics, English, History & Religious Studies, International Affairs, Labor Studies & Employment Relations, Political Science, and Women's Studies.

Our Department is the editorial home of Verge: Studies in Global Asias, published twice a year by the University of Minnesota Press. In 2016, we will be publishing issues on “Asian Urbanisms and Urbanization” and “Asian Empires and Imperialism.”  For more information about the journal and upcoming issues, please see the journal’s website:

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Department of Asian Studies
102 Old Botany Building
University Park, PA 16802

ph: 814.867.3260 | fax: 814.863.3528