College of Arts and Sciences

Asia Program

Asian studies at WSU

The Asia Program at Washington State University offers both a bachelor of arts and minor in Asian studies, as well as two certificate programs in East Asian studies.

The rich cultural heritages of East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East are examined through course work in language, literature, history, culture, philosophy, art, religion, anthropology, political science, and film.

Study abroad is very strongly encouraged.

Echoes of Asia photo exhibit Study abroad East Meets West, a one-credit [K] course


Asia Program welcomes new director

Lydia Gerber
Lydia Gerber, clinical associate professor in the Department of History, has been appointed director of the interdisciplinary Asia Program.

She brings a proven commitment to excellence in education and a highly collaborative approach to this important role. A member of WSU faculty since 1995, she is an expert in cross-cultural studies and Sino–German relations.

Learn more about Professor Gerber »


CHINA Town Hall

"National Reflections,
Local Connections"

4:00 p.m. | October 16, 2014
220 College Hall, WSU Pullman

Live webcast and Q&A with former President Jimmy Carter, followed by Seattle University Associate Professor Rob Efird’s talk on “Neighbors Across a Narrow Belt of Water: Migration and Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations.”

China Town Hall is a national day of programming on China, offered by the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Washington State University is one of about seventy venues nationwide that will simultaneously have access to the hour-long (4-5 p.m.) Webcast conversation with President Jimmy Carter, including the option to send in questions via email.

For the second hour of our program, we will have the opportunity to engage face-to-face with the anthropologist and expert in Asian Studies Rob Efird, Associate Professor at Seattle University. His talk “ ‘Neighbors across a Narrow Belt of Water’: Migration and Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations” will offer a wider perspective on the complex relationship between China and Japan than we can gather through our regular news venues.

This program has been a feature of our Asia Program offerings for several years.

Sponsors for this years’ program are the National Committee on United States-China Relations, the WSU Department of History, and the WSU Asia Program.

It is free and open to the public!

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Asia Program, PO Box 644030, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-4030 • 509-335-5139 • Contact Us