The Asian Studies program offers the Major in Asian Studies with Concentrations in China and Japan, as well as Minors in Asian Studies, Chinese Language and Culture, and Japanese Language and Culture. Students with junior academic standing may also apply to Honors in Asian Studies through our Honors Program.
The Major consists of Chinese or Japanese through the first semester of the third-year level or equivalent proficiency and coursework from various disciplines focused on an area of geographical specialization and complimented by some coursework outside of area of specialization.
Hindi-Urdu language was introduced in fall 2016, and a concentration in South Asia as well as a minor in South Asia are anticipated in fall 2017.
All levels of Chinese; Chinese for Heritage Learners; Calligraphy; Readings in Modern Chinese Media; Business Chinese; all levels of Japanese; Japanese through Manga
Humanities and Social Sciences
Fashioning the Self: Coming of Age and Asian Modernities; Play and Pleasure in Early Modern Japan; Popular Culture in Modern Japan; Explorations of Japanese Animation; Tokyo: History and Image; Media Monsters in Contemporary Japan; Japan Through Historical Fiction; Martial Tradition in Chinese Literature; Self and Society in Pre-modern Chinese Literature; Romancing the Nation in Modern Chinese Literature; Chinese Medicine; The Chinese Political System; Current Japan–U.S. Relations; Modern East Asian History; Premodern Chinese History; Modern Chinese History; Premodern Japanese History; Modern Japanese History; The Pacific War in Cinematic Memory; Modern South Asian History; The Body in Modern Japanese Culture; Chinese Thought; Crisis Simulation in East Asia; India and the Indian Ocean; Images of India; Arts of East Asia; History of Asian Architecture; Arts of South and Southeast Asia; Religion and Politics in South and Southeast Asian Art; Himalayan Art: Art of the Divine Abode; The South Asian Temple; East Asian Architecture and Gardens; Arts of China; Arts of Japan; Religions of Japan; Japanese Mythology; Devotional Traditions of South Asia; Chinese Medicine and Health; Religions in China; Taoist Tradition; Zen Buddhism; Introduction to Hindu and Buddhist Traditions; Self-Cultivation in Ancient China; Modern South Asian Literature in Translation
CET in China
Locations in Beijing, Hangzhou, Harbin, and Shanghai. Summer and academic year programs are both available.
CIEE in China and Japan
Academic year programs are offered at East China Normal University in Shanghai and Sophia University in Japan.
McTyeire International House
Chinese and Japanese are two of the languages featured in McTyeire Hall, the international residence hall of about 100 students who eat together, speak the language of their preference, and engage in many entertaining activities.
For information about faculty and their research, visit as.vanderbilt.edu/asianstudies/people.
Director, Asian Studies
VU Station B #35186
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235
Phone: (615) 322-4712