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Learning Abroad




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Getting Started

  • Take HIST 1210 - Asian Traditions and HIST 1220 - Asian Modern Societies
  • Begin language coursework at the 1010 level; check with an advisor if you have previous language experience
  • Discuss regional focus areas with an advisor

Making Progress

Begin courses in your regional focus:
  • China: HIST 3510 - Modern China
  • Japan: HIST 3530 - Modern Japan
  • Korea: KOREA 3100 - Korean Culture through Film
  • South/Southeast Asia: ARTH 3060 - Arts of Buddhism
  • Asia Pacific: ANTH 3151 - Peoples of the Pacific
  • Complete ASTP 3001 - Exploring Asia
  • Continue language & conversation courses
  • Earn credit through study abroad or global internships

Finishing Up

  • Complete 5000+ level courses
  • Finish language and conversation courses
  • Complete an internship and/or research project


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Knowledge & Skills

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Making Progress

  • Identify a community or topic where you want to make an impact
  • Seek out leadership opportunities through Student Leadership and Involvement
  • Apply to be a MUSE Scholar
  • Work with your faculty mentor on an impact project
  • Connect with a MUSE professor
  • Apply to the Bennion Scholars Program

Finishing Up


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About the Major

Asian Studies at the University of Utah provides a deep understanding of the peoples, politics, and history of Asia. Through the rigorous study of languages, societies, and culture, you will form a basis for understanding global issues and their impact within a region of Asia (Asia Pacific, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, South Asia, or Southeast Asia).

In this major, you will develop descriptive, analytical, and methodological skills to understand your chosen region and culture of Asia. With coursework grounded in language, you will gain or expand on your proficiency in one of the Asian languages taught at the U (Cambodian, Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Samoan, or Vietnamese). You will also select a variety of Asia-focused classes from across campus. This interdisciplinary approach gives you the flexibility to tailor your education to suit your interests, passions, and future goals; you can pair Asian Studies with pre-health courses, a minor, a second major, and/or co-curricular activities.

Asian Studies is increasingly crucial to many fields including education, healthcare, non-profits, and business. You will be able to practice your critical language and cultural skills through first-hand experience by studying abroad, interning in a related field, developing a research project, and/or working directly with local communities. You will leave the U prepared to effectively interact with diverse populations; understand cultures, backgrounds, and languages; and provide valuable contributions to diverse communities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop or expand proficiency in a foreign language(s) in order to navigate an Asian nation and communicate with its people.
  • Build a base of Asia-oriented knowledge, skills, and global awareness that equips you for an international career.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of history, cultures, and fundamental ideas and institutions of Asia.
  • Analyze and communicate about contemporary issues of Asia and Asian Diasporas through a critical, interdisciplinary lens.

Plan & Prepare

At the U, we plan for our students to have an exceptional Educational Experience identified by four broad categories we call the Learning Framework: Community, Knowledge & Skills, Transformation, and Impact. This major map will help you envision, explore, design, and plan your personalized Exceptional Education Experience with the Learning Framework at the core. In addition to assisting you in planning your coursework and navigating the requirements of your major, this map will help you incorporate other kinds of experiences to expand your knowledge, support your development, and prepare you for the future you want.

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Last Updated: 7/19/24