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Asian Studies

Asian Studies (an Independent Program Affiliated With the Department of Transnational Studies)

Contact Information

College of Arts and Sciences
714 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Phone: 716.645.3474
Fax: 716.645.3473
Email: asian-studies@buffalo.edu
Web Address: www.asianstudies.buffalo.edu
Keith Griffler
Chair, Department of Transnational Studies
Bruce Acker
Executive Officer, Asian Studies Program

Program Overview

Asian Studies Website.

Why Learn about Asia? We live in an age in which major cultures that formerly were assigned to particular geographical regions of the globe are understood to have a truly global reach. From the visual and performing arts to religion and philosophy, Asian cultures play an increasingly significant role in the cultural life of North America. Asian economies have worldwide presence, and political issues in that part of the world affect us profoundly at home. By studying Asian civilizations and contemporary societies, we will come to understand a significant part of humanity and acquire insight into our own lives and experiences.

The Asian Studies Program supports teaching, research, study abroad, and cultural events concerning Asia. The current strength of the program lies in China, Japan, and Korea, with growing capabilities in Southeast and South Asia.

Several Asian languages are taught in the Department of Linguistics. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean are each offered through the fourth-year level. Undergraduate minors may be elected in these languages. UB students may also study Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, and Sanskrit.

Students can study abroad in Asia, undertaking language study, non-language classes, and graduate research. They can spend an academic year, a semester, or a summer at fine universities in China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Academic credit can be transferred to UB. For information, refer to Study Abroad.

Last updated: May 29, 2014 3:01 pm EST