Why Asian studies?

According to the World Population Clock in 2018, 60 percent of the world’s population is located in Asia, which is home to 12 of the 20 most heavily populated countries in the world. As the world becomes increasingly global, understanding Asia is imperative. Emerging professionals and leaders know the value of engaging in an international environment through understanding customs, values, beliefs, cultures, and languages.

Whether your interests lie in business, law, politics, diplomacy, medicine, NGOs, translating, interpreting, teaching, or nearly any other field, an Asian studies supplementary major or minor will help you maximize your potential.

At Notre Dame, students become well-rounded in Asian studies through courses in Asian history, culture, society, politics, literature, language, and religion.

The Liu Institute’s Asian studies supplementary major and minor equips students with the skills and knowledge to remain competitive in today’s international environment and to respond to the needs of a global society. It also properly prepares students who wish to attend graduate school regardless of the field.

A supplementary major or minor in Asian studies not only enhances your portfolio, resume, and transcripts, but it also sets you apart from others and grants you versatility and flexibility within your intended career path.


To discuss the Asian studies supplementary major or minor, please contact Patrick Deegan, Liu Institute associate director, at pdeegan1@nd.edu or x4409.