Asian Studies Concentration

The Asian Studies concentration within the Interdisciplinary Studies major is designed to offer students an interdisciplinary program of study of various dimensions of the Asian world. Students may plan a course of study that concentrates on a particular aspect of Asian civilization or on a particular sub-region of Asia.

One might, for example, focus on the art and philosophy of various Asian peoples, or instead, one might choose to concentrate on Chinese (or Indian or Japanese) civilization, studying the traditional and modern society, its physical setting, and its political and economic development.

In order to build a sound program of study, which meets both the individual student’s needs and Interdisciplinary Studies requirements, it is essential that students work closely with an adviser in planning the program and selecting courses.

The Asian Studies program also has a 21-unit minor program.  Besides an expanding list of Asian Studies courses, the program is supported by the Asian Arts and Culture Center, located in the Center for the Arts.

Careers & Internships

Careers for Asian Studies majors include those in international business, journalism, government service, education, law, and others.  As a first or second major or as a minor, Asian Studies can open up new possibilities by demonstrating knowledge and familiarity with the region’s peoples, languages, histories, and cultures.

Students planning to undertake an internship related to Asia may be eligible to receive course credit. Those interested should e-mail the Director, before commencing the internship.

For additional information, please visit the Towson University Career Center.

External Scholarships & Fellowships

There are a variety of scholarships available for students pursuing Asian Studies, especially for students undertaking a semester or year abroad or who are looking to study underrepresented Asian languages. It is vital that students plan ahead when going abroad since the deadlines for scholarships vary and may be due many months before actually intending to depart. The TU Study Abroad & Away Office  is a good place to start, with a list of some relevant scholarships that are specific to Asia listed below.

Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

View degree requirements and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog

Contact Information

Asian Studies 

Erik Ropers, Ph.D.
Liberal Arts Building
Room 4241
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.