Learn more about the Asian Studies, BA program including course requirements and how to apply.


Get Advanced Opportunities With Honors Program

The honors program has been created to enhance the education of qualified Asian Studies majors.

Asian Studies majors with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in Asian Studies courses are eligible to apply for the honors program during their third semester. Students will complete at least 36 hours in Asian Studies and two semesters of honors thesis research and writing.

This program is particularly encouraged for students seeking admission to graduate or professional schools. Honors coursework is designated on university transcripts; students completing the honors program are recognized at departmental commencement ceremonies.

Honors theses are completed individually under the direction of an Asian Studies professor who specializes in the student's area of interest, and are approved by a thesis committee comprising the director and two other readers.

Students interested in the Asian Studies Honors program should discuss this opportunity as early as possible with their advisors.


Recent Thesis Completions

Year Author and Title
2020 Joseph Gallo “The Long-Lasting Consequences of Pure Blood Ideology on hafu and the Ethnic Other"
2019 Daniel Wethli (2019) “China’s Evolving 1911 Revolution: From Great Men to the Inevitable Rise of a Great Class to… It's Complicated.”
2018 Linus Morales “Traditional and Revolutionary Themes in Modern Chinese Propaganda Posters: Typography, Image, and Parody.”
2017 Matthew Albolino “Between Three Empires: Okinawan Protests Before and After Reversion.”


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You can also study Asian Studies as a student in the Cook Honors College at IUP.