THE DEPARTMENT OF ASIAN AND ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES
The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University supports the study of Asia and transoceanic, transnational Asian diasporas of the world. The department places emphasis on the studies of Asian histories, languages, and cultures within Asia as geographically defined, and studies of Asian diasporas, with particular focus on Asians of the Americas.
Our department encourages work that is interdisciplinary, comparative, or global in methodology and theory, as well as work that is specialized locally or regionally. It also supports work that examines the study of Asia and Asian diasporas as complex nexuses of sociological, geographical, and political regions, as well as economies, histories, and ideas across national and oceanic boundaries. Students benefit from the cross-national work and research agendas of both Asianists and Asian Americanists in productive dialogue.
The department offers a number of undergraduate majors: Asian and Asian American Studies, with four separate tracts; as well as majors in Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, and Korean Studies. Minors are also offered in these areas. The department also offers a combined AAAS/MPA degree. A new MA program in Asian and Asian American Studies will be launched this fall.
Many of the department’s courses are cross-listed with other departments, allowing students to fulfill credit requirements across a variety of academic disciplines. Additionally, most Asian and Asian American Studies courses fulfill Binghamton University General Education Requirements.