Coordinator: Associate Professor Yipeng Shen (Language and Culture Studies and International Studies)

The Asian studies major offers an interdisciplinary framework for the examination of the societies and cultures of Asia. Students must choose to focus on China, Japan, or South Asia. The goal of the major is a comprehensive understanding of the region of choice from historical, social, and cultural perspectives, but a thorough grasp of the interrelations among regions is also crucial.


In addition to the language and study-away requirements for all majors (see the introduction to international studies), the Asian studies major consists of 10 credits, distributed as follows:

  • Global core course (one credit): See the global studies concentration.
  • Area courses (five credits): These must be chosen from among the offerings of any department or program, as approved by the director, and must include at least one course at the 300 level at Trinity. Normally, eligible courses will mention the area or part of the area in their title.
  • Electives (three credits): Electives may consist of area courses from any of the area studies majors, additional global core courses, or language courses in excess of the four-semester requirement (see the introduction to international studies).
  • INTS 401. Senior Seminar in International Studies (one credit)