Asian Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Students will develop their ability to read, write, and speak one or more Asian languages and will combine those language skills with Asia-related studies in various humanities disciplines. Students are encouraged to explore wider interests by taking courses in other units and to take advantage of numerous study abroad opportunities. A popular option for many is to combine a minor in Asian Languages and Cultures with a major from another department, such as Computer Science, Business Administration, or Global and Regional Studies. Graduates go on to a wide variety of careers, reflecting the indispensability of knowledge of Asian languages and cultures in our increasingly interconnected world.

Major category: Open

Topic: Social sciences

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Admission to this major is open. Students in good academic standing can declare this major at any time. Students may take coursework from multiple regions of Asia for a general concentration or pursue a concentration in China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Southeast Asia. Major is 50 credits, plus second year college-level language proficiency.

Although admission is open, students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the major before transfer. See the department website for more information.

Courses recommended for the major:

  • 2 years of relevant modern Asian language or 2nd year college-level proficiency in an Asian Language helpful but not required for admission.
  • JSIS 201 — Making of the 21st Century (May be taken as a transfer course at Bellevue, Edmonds or Shoreline Colleges.)
  • Courses to develop writing skills, social sciences
  • Introduction to Asian civilization courses

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 67
Total from Washington community colleges: 18

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 10
3.50 – 3.74: 3
3.25 – 3.49: 3
3.00 – 3.24: 2
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes