About the Program

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide an integrated approach to the study of the history, culture, language, society and politics of Asia. The program promotes a broad and in-depth understanding of the region and includes courses in diverse disciplines that cover East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

The program promotes international education and encourages students to study abroad through CSU International Programs or CSUN’s campus-based exchange programs. For more information about international education, please seek advisement at the International and Exchange Student Center.

Academic Advisement

Asian Studies minors are required to consult with the Asian Studies coordinator to work out an individualized program of study that best meets their specific needs and interests.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Student Services Center/EOP also reviews student progress to ensure that the requirements of the program are met. To schedule an appointment, please call (818) 677-2658.


Graduates with a minor in Asian Studies bring an international perspective and Asian focus to careers in a wide range of fields. The knowledge and skills they gain through the program are especially valued by governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporate entities interacting with Asian countries. The minor also helps prepare students to pursue international and Asian-related studies in graduate school.

Clubs and Societies

The Asian Studies Program maintains close relations with student organizations engaged in Asian cultural activities on campus.

Program Committee

  • Keiko Hirata (Political Science)
  • Richard Horowitz (History)
  • Junliang Huang (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures)
  • Jinah Kim (Communication Studies)
  • Drake Langford (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures)
  • Weimin Sun (Philosophy)


Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Program
Coordinator: Keiko Hirata
Sierra Tower (ST) 226
(818) 677-7233