Alan T. Baumler, Coordinator
The Committee of Asian Studies offers an interdisciplinary major and a minor to provide students with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the world’s largest, most populous, and most diverse continent. Students enrolled in the Asian studies major or minor will find that the course offerings furnish excellent preparation for careers in business, government, journalism and public relations, and teaching.
To complete the Asian studies major, a student must take a minimum of 33 credits in courses dealing with Asia. All Asian studies majors must take ASIA 200 and must demonstrate at least an intermediate-level proficiency in an Asian language, doing so either by passing the intermediate sequence of one of the Asian languages offered at IUP or by demonstrating that they have acquired the equivalent proficiency level elsewhere. The remaining courses should come from “Category A: Exclusively Asia-Focused.” Students may, but do not have to, apply up to three credits from “Category B: Substantially Asia-Focused” to their degree. It is highly recommended that students complement their Asian studies degree with a minor or second major, preferably in such fields as anthropology, economics, fine arts, geography, history, international business, international studies, journalism and public relations, political science, or religious studies.