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The Asian Studies Program at Purdue University brings together an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students devoted to the study of China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. We offer an undergraduate major and minor that enable students to choose from seventy courses taught by nineteen professors in Anthropology, Art History, History, Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.

Why Asia? Arjia Rinpoche

Asian Studies is an excellent focus for a liberal arts education. Asia has over half the world's population and its economies have grown faster than those of any other region of the world in recent decades.  Asia is home to a rich variety of cultures, languages, economies, and political systems and is of great importance to the United States. Five major American wars (the Philippine-American War, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the War in Afghanistan) have been fought in Asia. The size of the continent's population, combined with strong economic growth trends, ensures that Asia will become increasingly important during students' lifetimes. Furthermore, intense study of non-Western languages and societies gives students a comparative perspective for understanding their own Western language and society.

Arjia Rinpoche, former Abbott of Tibet's Kumbum Monastery, speaking about his book Surviving the Dragon: A Tibetan Lama's Account of 40 Years of Chinese Rule, at the 6th Sino-American Comparative Literature Symposium, May 3, 2013, Purdue University.

An Asian Studies major or minor is particularly appropriate at Purdue. Over 7,000 students from nineteen Asian nations make up eighteen percent of the total student body at Purdue.  Twenty-two Asia-related student groups at Purdue welcome students from all countries and provide a marvelous way to meet students from different cultures and backgrounds. A major or minor in Asian Studies gives students a foundation for graduate work in the humanities, social sciences, business, law, or journalism. Knowledge of Asia and Asian languages will prepare students for the wide range of careers in which international exposure, knowledge, and sensitivity are important.

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