Awards lecture April 6 and courses for Fall
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Asian Studies Opportunities 

March 24, 2016

More and more opportunities are available to study cultures, languages, histories identified with Asia. If you have questions about the Asian Studies minor and what you can do with the minor, or other announcements, contact the Director of Asian Studies at

Honors Week Lecture and Awards
April 6 at 3:00, Asian Studies will host a lecture and awards reception in Ferguson 3111. Dr. Jo Weaver in Anthropology will discuss her research with women in India, focusing on the social aspects of diabetes and the management of it. We will also present the 2016 Asian Studies Outstanding Student Award and Research Award as we celebrate the fabulous work and accomplishments of Asian Studies minors and students interested in Asia here at the Capstone. 

Studying in Asia 

Alabama offers many opportunities to study in Asia. This summer, UA has a variety of faculty led trips (Japan, China, India, Cambodia) that connect to different programs across UA, and you can also search for other programs that accept UA students through Capstone International. Applications are due soon, in many cases, specifically this week.

Another opportunity is the Fulbright US Student Program. Dr. Beverly Hawk works with students and alumni to prepare applications with great success, making Alabama one of the top producers of Fulbrights. If you are interested in applying, contact Dr. Hawk at


Fall Semester Courses
The list of courses in the fall semester that address topics in Asia are broader than ever. They include Arabic language, among other languages of Asia (see below), classic narratives (in translation), questions of post colonialism and literature, Chinese history, Islam, and Asian religions in the US. A number of courses also count towards core requirements for History, Humanities, and Writing. For the full list, consult the Asian Studies website.  

What is Asia?

People, including scholars, define Asia in many ways. For some, the label Asia generates images of China, Korea, and Japan; others include southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent along with those nations in east Asia. From a geographical perspective, though, Asia stretches to the Mediterranean Sea, including most of the nations commonly identified with the Middle East. From a cultural perspective, the languages and practices of the Arabian peninsula and Persia have had significant influence in the Indian subcontinent and southeast Asia, along with others such as the Uyghurs in China and the nations in Central Asia. The Asian Studies program at Alabama incorporates all of these cultures and heritages within Asia, so Arabic becomes a relevant language alongside Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Hindi, and others..  

Minor requirements

  • 18 hours total
  • 2 general courses on Asia (ARH 254, HY 113 (formerly 243), HY 114 (formerly 244), REL 220)
  • 2 Upper level courses on Asia
  • 2 elective courses on Asia
  • 2 semesters of Asian language (not counted in 18 hours unless over 300 level) 
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