College of Arts and Sciences

Asia Program

Floating Torii photo by Paul Brian


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



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"

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 simultaneously have access to the hour-long conversation with an expert on US-China Relations, including the option to send in questions via email.

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

It is free and open to the public!

The China Town Hall will again be offered in October of 2015, details will be shared here as soon as they are available.

China Town Hall 2014

Last year’s program at WSU Pullman featured a Webcast conversation with President Jimmy Carter, and a face-to-face meeting 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” offered a wider perspective on the complex relationship between China and Japan, and a very strong reminder for our WSU audience that our engagement with international students right here on campus can play a profound role in creating enduring positive relationships between the United States and other nations.

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

Download the poster for the China Town Hall 2014 »


Earn credit
for sampling Asia!

East Meets West on cherry blossom background

The WSU Asia Program is proud to offer its weekly

Asian Diversity Lecture Series

Asia 301: East Meets West

This course will feature arts, culture, and religions from across the Asian continent: From Bollywood to Buddhism, and from Human trafficking to History of Islam, discover Asia from across the ages.

Attend our
Orientation Meeting

Thursday, August 27
4–5 p.m.
Todd Hall 404
Learn more about Asia 301 »


Arabic and Korean languages

Great news for our Asian Studies students and all who are interested in learning an Asian Language:

Two additional Asian Languages will be offered on the Pullman campus starting this fall, thanks to the efforts of the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures. We hope you will make use of these exciting opportunities to gain an in-depth knowledge of another culture!

  • For L 100-1
    (Beginning Arabic)
    will meet on MWF from 11:10-12:00 in THOM 201.  4 credits. Instructor:  Ms. Manal Shaheen. (Schedule Line Number 02677)
  • For L 100-2
    (Beginning Korean)
    will meet on MWF from 13:10-14:00 in SLOAN 163.
    Instructor: Ms. MiYoung Kim. (Schedule Line Number 08985)


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