The Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University, named a National Undergraduate Resource Center (Title VI NRC) since 2000 by the U.S. Department of Education, directs one of the largest, most diverse programs of education about Asia in the Midwest.
Unlike other programs, the center is distinguished by its approach to East, Central, North, West, South, and Southeast Asia in the design of its curriculum, focus on faculty research, and scope of outreach activities. Presently, the center’s 200+ affiliated faculty members represent over 54 disciplines across MSU in teaching undergraduate and graduate students.
The center continues to provide support to both undergraduate and graduate students by way of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship awards for their pursuit of Asian language training in combination with area studies, international studies, or the international aspects of professional studies. Both the NRC and the FLAS programs are funded by the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the U.S. Department of Education.
Two-thirds of MSU's foreign students and over half of the university's 1,400 foreign scholars come from Asia and nearly 2,000 undergraduates are Asian-Pacific Americans. The changing domestic demographics and the increase in students and scholars from Asia have created demands for an Asian Studies curriculum relevant to new needs and experiences reflecting the university's genuinely multicultural quality.
The Asian Studies Center holds many on-campus events throughout the year, including lectures, workshops, and film showings. The lectures focus on hot button and historical issues about Asia, and often times include panel and round table discussions by scholars from around the world and MSU faculty. The film showings include a wide variety of feature films and documentaries. The center also occasionally holds regional, national, and international conferences.