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Asian Studies Opportunities 

August 23, 2016

We are excited about the new semester! We have space in a few courses, if you are still considering adding or changing a course (check our list of Asian Studies courses). Check out the opportunities below for studying in Asia or connecting with Asia here in Tuscaloosa outside of the classroom, too.
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

Get On Board Day
Come see us during Get On Board Day Thursday 25 August at the Crimson Promenade. It will be great to see everyone, and we would love to post pictures of students wearing Asian Studies tshirts that they received in Asian Studies classes last year. If you have questions about Asian Studies activities or the minor, GOBD will be a great opportunity to ask them. If you come to the first hour of GOBD, you can then go to the movie at 6:00 (see below). 

Movie on 25 September - Ghost Dog 

"All assassins live beyond the law... only one follows the code," that is, the Samurai code. The 1999 film Ghost Dog presents a particular version of the Samurai code in a cross-cultural story. Come for a screening and discussion of the film on Thursday, 25 September, at 6:00 in Lloyd Hall 235. Check out the trailer here.

Opportunities for a Year in Asia
You can receive funding for a year of graduate study, advanced research, or teaching in one of more than 150 countries through the Fulbright Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships.  This year, 1,600 students were chosen from 11,000 applicants nationwide to be honored with Fulbright Scholarships, and the University of Alabama was recognized as one of the top producers of Fulbright Students this year. 

More information about the campus support and selection process is available at If you are interested, come to the reception Tuesday where you can meet the winners and hear the secrets of their successful applications:

Global Cafe Discussion and Reception
TODAY August 23, 2016, 3:30 Discussion, 4:30 Reception
Center for Community-Based Partnerships, Capital Hall on the Bryce Property

You can also consult the full schedule of information sessions. September 6, 2016 is the competition deadline on campus for those wishing to serve overseas during the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Who won the Silver in Badminton?

On Friday, much of India focused on the women's badminton final during which P.V. Sindhu of India lost in 3 games to Carolina Marin of Spain. Sindhu's silver medal was only the second medal for India in Rio and thus captured much excitement across India. Many events that received scant attention on NBC Primetime excite and unite people in different nations of Asia. If you want to see interesting bits from news sources in Asia and learn about how people in other places respond to events, one starting point is to follow @AsianStudiesUA on Twitter for occasional tweets about news like Sindhu's match that seldom make US news outlets. 

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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