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Asian Studies Program Description:

The Asian Studies Program at UMBC offers broad opportunities for our students to explore the history, culture, languages and literature, societies, politics, economics, philosophy, art and music of Asia. Faculty members and language instructors from a range of disciplines offer an interdisciplinary course of study towards a Major, a Minor, or a Certificate. Additionally, we are proud to be one of the few institutions of higher education that offer language courses in Hindi.

The program equips our students with the knowledge and skills—including foreign languages—to help prepare them for various professional paths related to Asia, such as advanced academic research, international relations, international business and trade, governmental service, and international law. Many of our students have gone on to purse their Asian studies knowledge by obtaining a master’s degree or working toward a doctoral degree in this or a related field.

Students are encouraged to purse study abroad opportunities so that they can immerse themselves in the language and culture of their chosen country. We have a robust Asian Studies Council of Majors whereby student connect with other students in the program, practice their language skills among their peers, enjoy social/educational events and make lifelong networking connections.

Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment for advising. We look forward to hearing from you.

Director, Dr. Meredith Oyen,


Dr. Meredith Oyen, Director –

Julie Rosenthal, Program Management Specialist –


Coordinating Committee:

Dr. Meredith Oyen (Asian Studies and History) –

Dr. Julie Oakes (Honors College) –

Dr. Nianshen Song (History) –

Dr. Fan Yang (Media and Communication) –

Dr. Kyung-Eun Yoon (Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication) –