Introduction to Asian Languages and Civilizations
The Asian Languages and Civilizations program from Amherst College invites students to combine the serious study of language—Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese—with rigorous, interdisciplinary courses that explore East Asia, South Asia, West Asia, and Pan-Asia. Taken together, these courses engage some of the oldest and continuous civilizations as well as the most populous region of the world—by some estimates, Asia comprises nearly 60% of the world’s population today.
We are particularly interested in cultural difference and its social and political implications, both within Asia and between Asia and the West.
Our majors acquire a minimum of third-year level competency in their chosen language and combine that with a highly individualized course of study. Students often study abroad in China, Japan, Korea, Egypt, and Jordan, furthering their language development and experiencing directly local societies and cultures.
What is a major in Asian Languages and Civilizations good for? A few of our graduates pursue graduate degrees in Asian Studies or a related field, but most do not. From Google to law school, education to government service, our majors apply their language, critical-thinking skills, and cross-cultural sensitivities to a wide range of careers in the United States and in Asia.
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- China: Continuity and Change
- Race, Empire, and Transnationalism: Chinese Diasporic Communities in the U.S. and the World
- Atomic Bomb Literature
- Middle Eastern History: 500–1600
- Art and Architecture of India
- Imagining Modern China
- Japan on Screen
- Buddhist Ethics
- The Lives of Muslim Saints
- Chinese Childrearing
- 48 months
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Common Application, Coalition Application OR QuestBridge Application
- Amherst College Writing Supplement
- $65 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver (requested through Common Application, Coalition Application or Amherst's Quick Pass).
- School Report
- Secondary School Transcript
- Counselor Recommendation (College Counselor / Guidance Counselor)
- Two Teacher Recommendations (English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language)
- Optional Standardized Test Results for the SAT or ACT (either self-reported or official scores).
- Early Decision Agreement (for ED applicants)
- First marking period grades from senior year (for ED applicants)
- Mid-Year School Report Form (as soon as first trimester/first semester grades are available)
- Mid-Year Transcript (as soon as first trimester/first semester grades are available)
International75800 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 75800 USD per year during 48 months.
National75800 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 75800 USD per year during 48 months.
Living costs for Amherst Center
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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