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Asian Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Asian Studies program at Williams College provides a wide range of opportunities to its majors, including teaching assistantships, funding for study abroad, and postgraduate opportunities as well. 
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The Asian Studies program at Williams College can provide excellent preparation for graduate school in related fields, and for many interesting and important careers in fields such as business, government, journalism, and education. Graduates often teach English in Asia for a year or two after graduation. For more information on job opportunities, students can visit the Office of Career Counseling. The After Graduation section of the Japanese Program site has information on postgraduate opportunities related to Japan.

Learning Objectives for the Asian Studies Major

Asian Studies is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary major track that combines the humanities and social sciences with language study. It aims to help students develop practical proficiency in an Asian language and, in the tradition of the liberal arts, acquire a meaningful understanding of important facets of Asia through a particular disciplinary lens. Beyond training in the discipline they choose for their three-course disciplinary qualification, students have the opportunity to explore a range of other disciplinary approaches and perspectives.

Majors in Asian Studies will:

  •  Attain a practical proficiency in an Asian language (either Chinese or Japanese currently offered by the department, or Hindi or Korean, offered by the Critical Language Program of the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
  • Gain awareness and understanding of a particular country or region in Asia through training in one of the disciplines represented in the Department of Asian Studies (anthropology, art history, economics, history, linguistics, literature, music, political science, religion, or sociology).
  • Have an opportunity to explore a range of disciplinary approaches and perspectives in addition to their primary disciplinary focus and apply a range of research methodologies with a focus on interdisciplinarity.
  • Develop close reading, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills by engaging in cross-linguistic, cross-cultural, and comparative historical analysis.
  • Gain a comparative perspective on issues affecting Asia as a region.
  • Develop global awareness and engagement through identification of the values, perspectives, and practices of Asian societies, both past and present.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Elementary Japanese
  • Intro. to Linguistic Analysis
  • Introduction to Japanese Linguistics
  • Intermediate Japanese
  • Basic Chinese
  • Basic Cantonese
  • Intermediate Chinese
  • Cultures of China: Conflicts and Continuities

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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