Department of Asian Studies

Welcome to the Department of Asian Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word. Housed in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, this interdisciplinary department brings together diverse fields of study to provide a rich and expansive understanding of the culture, politics and global influence of Asia.


Through the study of the history, religions, governments, cultures, languages and contemporary issues of Asian countries, students are invited to view Asian countries, and subsequently the world, through a more informed lens.

The department supports the mission of globalization and seeks to create enlightened and informed citizens of the world. The world’s shifting focus on the countries of Asia makes it imperative that students learn and understand the part of the world that contains more than four billion people unified by the term “Asia.” The department of Asian Studies instills an appreciation for Asian history, culture, politics and economics, and builds awareness of the differences among the continent's regions. It also cultivates an understanding of UIW's commitment to diversity, and of the interconnectedness of Asian cultures with the world.

The department also helps students to better understand Asian cultures through special events, religious and cultural celebrations (Diwali, Asian New Year and Holi) and the Asian Culture Club. There are also a variety of study abroad opportunities, including select options in East Asia, where students can become immersed in the culture they are learning about. The Asian Studies department also has a strong presence during UIW academic initiatives, including International Education Week, which support’s student growth in and out of the classroom, and across the world.


Concentration in Asian Studies

The Asian Studies concentration brings together History, Government and International Affairs, English, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Cultural Studies, Art, Modern languages and International Business. The program instills an appreciation for Asian history, culture, politics and economics, and builds awareness of the differences among the continent's regions. Students explore courses such as Introduction to International Studies or Introduction to Asian Studies, Topics in Chinese History and Topics in South Asian History.

The interdisciplinary concentration in Asian Studies can be substituted for a minor in many disciplines. It enables students majoring in other areas to gain a perspective on Asia through a range of courses focusing on Asian aspects of curricula in disciplines including History, Political Science, International Studies, English, Modern Languages, Religion, Philosophy, Art History, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Business and Economics.

The Asian Studies Concentration requires 21 hours of the following: 

  • INST 1310 Introduction to International Studies or HIST 2332 Introduction to Asian Studies HIST 
  • 4336 Topics in Chinese History 
  • HIST 4338 Topics in South Asian History 
  • Six (6) hours in an Asian language beyond the first two semesters. These six hours may be completed through language study abroad, with approval of the Asian Studies advisor. 
  • With approval of Asian Studies advisor, students will select 6 hours from below: (1 course from each group)  
    • HIST 4350 Topics in World History (involving or related to Asia), or POLS 4387 Topics in International Relations (involving or related to Asia), or BINT 4390 International Policies and Relations (involving or related to Asia), or a course involving or related to Asia from ENGL, RELS, MUSI, COMM, or CLST, or any course (involving or related to Asia) approved by the Asian Studies advisor. 
    • CLST 3325 Culture Studies Theory, or PHIL 3325 Philosophy of Culture, or PHIL 3355 World Philosophy, or a course involving or related to Asia from ENGL, RELS, MUSI, COMM, ARTH, or POLS, or any course (involving or related to Asia) approved by the Asian Studies advisor.