Our Asian Studies program takes an interdisciplinary approach to prepare you for a career at home or abroad. We offer the Bachelor of Arts degree with three majors focusing on Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, and Japanese Studies. As a major in our department, you can gain a broad understanding of the entire continent or specialize in a particular region. Our program introduces our students to everything from South Asian music and popular culture to the social and environmental implications of China's rising economy.

Our program includes faculty from seven different academic departments, bringing a range of expertise and ideas to our department. We draw courses from history, philosophy, anthropology, religion and others to ensure you'll study Asia from every angle. At Furman, we believe an interdisciplinary approach will help you explore and understand the planet's largest and most populous region.

Major requirements

From declaring your major to determining which courses you should take in your intended area of study, learn what's required to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree. Learn with us:

Areas of study

At Furman, you have the option to pursue a degree in Asian Studies (selecting from a range of courses on South Asia, China, or Japan), focus on Chinese Studies, or specialize in Japanese Studies. Choose an area of study.

Experience Asia

Every year, we send dozens of students on study away trips. Their journeys cover many corners of Asia, from China to Japan to India and Sri Lanka. Our faculty lead these experiences in China and South Asia, ensuring that you'll continue to receive a quality Furman education while traveling off-campus. In the Japan study abroad programs, the student can study up to a year at one of the three exchange partner universities. Study away.


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