Coursework on Asia is available in nearly every department and program on campus at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and support for the development of such coursework is central to the mission of ASIA.
The MSU Asian Studies Center supports faculty to create new and relevant Asian Studies courses in departments across the university. Recent courses added to the curriculum include “Gandhi’s India in History, Literature, and Film,” “Sacred Music of Asia and the Pacific Rim,” and “Special Topics in Geography: China and Globalization.” ASIA has also been a pioneer in developing the course-based colloquium series, which makes it possible for MSU instructors to bring leading scholars into their courses where students can encounter them directly in lectures that are open to the public. Recent colloquium series themes have included “History and Memory in Asia,” “Political Ecologies and Environmental Politics in Asia, Past and Present,” and Bioethics East and West.”
ASIA’s creation of an extensive Less Commonly Taught Language program has encouraged enrollment in the Specialization program and has made it possible for students to develop language and culture proficiency on more than 30 Asian nations