Core Curriculum

The Asian Studies program provides undergraduates in any college within Lehigh an opportunity to acquire a systematic knowledge of Asia, specifically East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. The program focuses on the rich historical and cultural heritage of the countries of Asia, as well as their growing importance in world affairs and their critical relationship to the national interests of the United States.

Courses offered at other LVAIC institutions and approved in the Study Abroad Programs may be taken for credit by Lehigh students. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities that are offered in Asian Studies, such as special lectures and seminars, films, performances, and exhibits.

The overall program is administered by the Asian Studies Committee, an interdisciplinary body of faculty with a special interest in the region. This committee oversees both the formal academic work within the program as well as the extracurricular activities sponsored at the university. It also cooperates with the Asian Cultural Society and other campus organizations involved in aspects of Asian Studies.

The courses listed are regularly offered in the program and new ones are currently under development in a number of subject areas. (Consult the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for specific offerings in any particular semester.)

For further information, interested students should consult Dr. Kiri Lee, Director and Academic Advisor, Asian Studies Program, 31 Williams Hall, 610-758-4490 or


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