International Studies & Programs

Majors, Minors and Certificates

MSU offers many majors, minors, and certificate programs related to Asia. These programs are offered by the College of Social Science, College of Arts and Letters, and James Madison College. They involve both Asia-focused coursework and intensive language learning, and meet the needs of a diverse student body and the growing demand for comprehensive, fully integrated programs of study on Asia.

See the tabs below for more details on Asia-related majors, minors, and certificates.

For academic advising, visit the Student Success Platform Website.

Majors

Arabic

College of Arts and Letters
Arabic language, literature and culture.
Fore more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Arabic

Chinese

College of Arts & Letters
Chinese language, literature, and culture.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Chinese.

Minor in Chinese also available.

Comparative Culture and Politics

James Madison College
Intersection of culture and politics in international and national arenas.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Comparative Culture and Politics.

Global & Area Studies: Asia

College of Social Science
Area studies in global context: history, sociology, culture, ethnicity, environment, economics.
For more information including requirements visit Office of the Registrar: Global and Area Studies.

Global & Area Studies: (International development – Asia)

College of Social Science
International development in Asia: environment, politics, economics, education, community development.
For more information including requirements visit Office of the Registrar: Global and Area Studies.

History (Asia)

College of Social Science
Historical methods, skills, and world regions.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: History.

International Relations

James Madison College
Organized around themes of international security, conflict resolution, international political economy, global governance, foreign policy, comparative, regional and cultural studies.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: International Relations.

Japanese

College of Arts & Letters
Japanese language, literature, and culture.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Japanese.
A minor in Japanese is also available.

Religious Studies (Asia)

College of Arts and Letters
A focus on religions across the world and their comparative cultures and traditions.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Religious Studies.

Russian

College of Arts and Letters
Russian linguistics, intercultural skills and language.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Russian.

Teaching Foreign Language

College of Education
Students have the option of learning to teach Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese as well as a few non-Asian languages.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Education.

World Politics (Asia)

College of Social Science
Governments and political systems of many different nations and the interactions among them.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: World Politics.

Minors

Arabic

College of Arts and Letters
Basic understanding of Arabic language and culture.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of Registrar: Minor in Arabic.

Asian Studies

College of Social Science
Create a multidisciplinary specialty with Asia as the focus. The minor has a minimum requirement of 16 credit hours and is a cross-disciplinary minor that can be added to any major in any college.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Minor in Asian Studies.

Chinese

College of Arts and Letters
Basic understanding of Chinese language and culture.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of Registrar: Minor in Chinese.

Global Studies in Arts & Humanities (Asia)

College of Arts and Letters
Understand the Representation, values, concerns, and debates that shape human experience.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Minor in Global Studies in Arts & the Humanities.

Global Studies in Social Science (Asia)

College of Social Science
Continuity and change in various regions of the world.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Minor in Global Studies in Social Science.

Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Arts and Letters
Fundamental understanding of India and the other countries and territories of South Asia.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar:Minor in Indian and South Asian Languages and Cultures.

Japanese

College of Arts and Letters
Basic understanding in Japanese language and culture.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Minor in Japanese.

Korean

College of Arts and Letters
Basic understanding of Korean language and culture.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of Registrar: Minor in Korean.

Muslim Studies

James Madison College
Sustained study of Muslim societies and Islam in a range of disciplines and topics.
For more information and requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Minor in Muslim Studies.

Religious Studies

College of Arts and Letters
Fundamental understanding of religious traditions around the world.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Minor in Religious Studies.

Russian

College of Arts and Letters
Basic Understanding of Russian Language and Culture.
For more in formation including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Minor in Russian

Teaching Arabic

College of Arts and Letters
Elementary Education: Prepares students to teach Arabic in Kindergarten to fifth grade.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Arabic Teaching Minor (Elementary).

Secondary Education: Prepares students to teach Arabic in sixth to twelfth grade.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Arabic Teaching Minor (Secondary).

Teaching Chinese

College of Arts and Letters
Elementary Education: Prepares Students to teach Chinese in Kindergarten to fifth grade.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Teaching Chinese Minor (Elementary).

Secondary Education: Prepares Students to teach Chinese in sixth to twelfth grade.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Teaching Chinese Minor (Secondary).

Teaching Japanese

College of Arts and Letters
Elementary Education: Prepares Students to teach Japanese in Kindergarten to fifth grade.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Teaching Japanese Minor (Elementary).

Secondary Education: Prepares Students to teach Japanese in sixth to twelfth grade.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Teaching Japanese Minor (Secondary).

Teaching Russian

College of Arts and Letters
Elementary Education: Prepares Students to teach Russian in Kindergarten to fifth grade.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Teaching Russian Minor (Elementary).

Secondary Education: Prepares Students to teach Russian in sixth to twelfth grade.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Teaching Russian Minor (Secondary).

Certificates

International Development

College of Social Science
Comprehensive and contemporary academic experience in the field of international development studies.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Graduate Student Specialization in International Development.

International Public Health (Asia)

College of Human Medicine
Public health in a global perspective.
For more information including requirements visit the Office of the Registrar: Graduate Certificate in International Public Health.