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Undergraduate Studies

Global and Area Studies (GLAS) MajorOpens in new window

MSU students interested in Asia can pursue the GLAS major with a concentration in Asian Studies. The GLAS major in the College of Social Science can be pursued by itself or along with another disciplinary minor or major. Students interested in the GLAS major should contact Nicolas Gisholt,

Chinese and Japanese Major and Minor

The Department of Linguistics and Languages at MSU offers both Chinese and Japanese majors and minors - Students interested in these programs should contact:

The Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
B-331 Wells Hall
Phone: 517-353-0740

Adviser - Cindy Walter (

Asian Studies Specialization

The Asian Studies Specialization provides an opportunity for students to take courses across a wide variety of disciplines with Asia as the focus of study. Students may earn the Asian Studies Specialization in addition to any MSU major. Successful completion of the specialization is recorded on the student's academic transcript at graduation.

Students can add the Asian Studies specialization by requesting it in the College of Social Science Office of Student Affairs (Room 201), or they can make an appointment for Asian Studies Specialization advising with:

Veda Hawkins
Academic Specialist, Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science
Center for Integrative Studies, College of Social Science
Berkey Hall, 509 East Circle Drive, Room 302v Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1111
Phone: 517-353-3125; Fax: 517-432-1103; Email:
Online Appointment System:

FLAS Fellowship

Beginning in fall 2010, the Asian Studies Center will support the advanced study of Asian Languages by MSU undergraduates through Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. FLAS fellowships will be awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in programs combining the advanced study of a modern Asian language (third year and above) with study in an academic or professional area with an Asia focus.

Click here for more information on the requirements of and the application process for the FLAS fellowship.

Study Abroad Programs

The Office of Study AbroadOpens in new window offers a variety of study abroad programs in Asia, including the following:


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for the Study of Asia and Asian Languages

For Summer 2015 and Academic Year (AY) 2015-2016

Application Deadline: February 6, 2015


Great Lakes Shiga High School Science Exchange Program

Summer of 2015

Michigan State University

Asian Studies Center

*Click for Great Lakes Shiga program flyer and application*

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427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 301
East Lansing, MI 48824
Tel: 517.353.1680
Fax: 517.432.2659

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