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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

Since Fall 2010, the Asian Studies Center supports the advanced study of Asian Languages by MSU undergraduates through Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. FLAS fellowships is 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:


Korean Coffee House
Fall 2015

Film Screening of People Are the Sky:
A Journey to North Korea at 5 p.m.
October 27

Coffee House events 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:
November 3
November 10
November 17
November 24
International Center Room 303

Click here for more information

The Asian Studies Colloquium on Muslim Communities in India and South Asia
Fall 2015

This colloquium series will bring to
Michigan State University outstanding scholars working in fields related to South Asian religious life, culture, anthropology, and history.

Keynote Speakers

Azfar Moin
Anand Taneja
Syed Nomanul Haq
SherAli Tareen
William Elison
Manan Ahmed Asif

Click here for more information

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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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