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Welcome to UMBC’s Asian Studies program, which offers an inter-disciplinary major, minor and certificate. Please visit the links above for more information, and feel free to contact individual faculty members to discuss your options in the new program.
Why Asian Studies and Why Asian Studies at UMBC?
• Gain in-depth and specialized knowledge of the world’s most populous region, which includes some of the oldest and most enduring cultures as well as a number of the fastest growing economies (think “Pacific Century”!)
• Embark on an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of Asia. You’ll also have the option to take coursework on Asia offered in 10 different departments or programs!
• Your study of Asia will be anchored in advanced language study. Learn one or more of 4 different Asian languages—Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, and Korean—all offered through the advanced level. These are all CRITICAL LANGUAGES, as determined by the U.S. government; accordingly, they are supported by many government-based scholarship and internship programs.
• Awards and scholarships for study abroad also granted annually by the Asian Studies program!
• Academic and career advising from the program’s director or one of its affiliate faculty, not by graduate students or administrative personnel.
• You can select from wide variety of internships, carefully selected by program faculty; academic credit is available.
• Some of the world’s greatest collections of Asian art are accessible to you—at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, the Freer and Sackler Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
• An Asian Studies degree—advanced foreign language skills and specialized knowledge of a critical region of the globe—will position you well for further graduate study, employment in the U.S. government, an NGO, or in the private sector.