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Skidmore College
Asian Studies

BA in Asian Studies

32-34 credits in Asian Studies

  1. Language: At least four semesters of one Asian language. Students encouraged to spend a year in an approved program in Asia and continue language studies throughout the major.
  2. Language across the curriculum:2 credits
  3. Foundation: At least three courses are required.
  4. Junior year: Study in Asia: language study and practice; varying culture courses, for at least three 300-level credits on Asia; OR At Skidmore: at least three 300-level credits in Asian Studies; electives will continue language study and develop comparative and disciplinary focus.
  5. Senior year: At least 7 credits at the 300 level

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About Asian Studies

Asian studies provides a wide variety of courses aimed at understanding and appreciating the history, richness, and values of Asia and its people. Asian studies is an interdisciplinary major supported by more than 20 faculty members from 12 academic disciplines including art history, English, Chinese, international affairs, Japanese, Korean, Sanskrit, music, philosophy, religion, and theater. These many disciplines provide students the tools they need to examine the cultures, traditions, and contemporary realities of Asian countries from multiple perspectives. As a major, you will gain a broad knowledge of Asia through foundation courses and then focus on an individual area of focus (often including a semester or year studying abroad in Asia) culminating in a capstone project during your senior year.

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • The World of Japanese Animation
  • View China: Visual Cultural and Transnational Cinema
  • The Himalayas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Roof of the World
  • Encountering the Goddess in India
  • The Arts of South Asia
  • China's Last Empire
  • Borders and Frontiers in Asian Studies

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Beyond the Classroom

Recent internships: 

  • Teaching at a school for blind girls in Bangalore, India, through the Association for India’s Development
  • Development programming for Second Harvest Asia's annual International Food Bank Conference (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Working at a textile and clothing supplier in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.

Recent senior capstone projects: 

  • Paradoxes of the Medieval Female ascetic: World-denying or World-affirming?
  • An International Comparative Analysis of Boys' Love Culture, an Anime and Manga That Focus on Love and Romance, as Opposed to Sex, Between Boys or Men
  • Unveiling Korean Identity as Dictated by the Korean War through the Lens of Literature
  • China's Great Leap Backward: A Look into China's Gender Relations

Study abroad programs: Recently, the most popular programs have been CIEE Sophia University, Tokyo (Japan); IES Beijing (China); and IES Nagoya at Nanzan University (Japan). Other approved programs include Skidmore in Beijing (China); Skidmore in Kunming (China); SIT China: Chinese Culture & Ethnic Minorities; IES India (Delhi); and MSID India: Minnesota Studies in International Development (Jaipur)

Success After Skidmore

Careers: A sampler of what our alumni do

  • Marketing manager, American Express Gift Match, NYC
  • English teacher, Apollo International Business & Training Center
  • Graphic designer, Aqua Restaurant Group, Hong Kong
  • Attorney, Arent Fox LLP/Attorneys at Law, NYC
  • Director of marketing, Asgaard Capital, Washington, D.C.
  • Doula, Birth & Tradition, Fort Plain, N.Y.
  • Associate director of admission, coordinator of international admission,
    Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Consultant, Booz & Co., Chicago, Ill.
  • Pediatrician/physician, Children's Care Pediatrics, Atlanta, Ga.
  • School outreach teacher, Community Music Center of Boston, Mass.
  • English language instructor, English Program in Korea (EPIK)
  • Program director, Families in Transition Program, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Software engineer, Gracenote, Queensbury, N.Y.
  • Assistant professor, Department of International Trade, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea
  • Consultant, Hberman Consulting, NYC
  • Assistant professor of design, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ill.
  • RN, Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC
  • Asia destinations director, international trade specialist, Maine International Trade Center, Portland, Maine
  • Assistant language teacher, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program
  • Designer, Louise Fili Ltd., NYC
  • Technical support specialist, Meditech, Boston, Mass.
  • Assistant director, Access Asia Program, National Bureau of Asian Research, Seattle, Wash.
  • Financial/operations analyst, NYU School of Medicine, NYC
  • Administrative assistant, Permanent Mission of Japan to UN, NYC
  • District sales manager, Running Textile, NYC
  • Supply chain analyst, Samsung Electronics America, NYC
  • Food writer/editorial,, NYC
  • Specialist teaching associate, Learning Lab, Singapore
  • Production assistant/digital media production, Viacom International Media Networks, NYC

Graduate Schools:A sampler of where our alumni go

  • Columbia University, Ph.D. in communications
  • Johns Hopkins University, Bologna Center,
    Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • Kyushu University (Japan), M.A. in Japanese art history
  • New York University, master's in computer science
  • Ohio State University, master's in mathematics
  • Rosalind Franklin University, Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology
  • Simmons College, M.A. in library and information science
  • SUNY-Stony Brook, master's in nursing
  • University of Massachusetts, M.A. in Asian languages and literatures
  • Yale University, Ph.D. in Chinese archaeology


Meet the Asian Studies faculty members.