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Asian Studies at Tulane

The Asian Studies Program was established in 1981 to provide students with a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Asian cultures and languages with a primary focus on China, Japan, and Vietnam. The program works across departments to bring together a wide range of courses and methodological approaches to area studies. We currently have over 40 undergraduate majors and minors, and over 100 students each term enrolled in both the Japanese and Chinese language programs. Each year we send Tulane graduates to graduate programs and prestigious governmental and professional positions related to Asia.

The rapid economic growth and increasing cultural influence of Asian countries have made Asian Studies an area of increasing interest for students and scholars around the world. Tulane's Asian Studies program aims to equip students with an understanding of the languages, cultures and peoples of Asia through study and collaboration with our growing faculty, who are engaged in world-class research in anthropology, cultural, cinematic, and literary studies, history, linguistics, sociology, political science, and other fields. Our program focuses primarily on China, Japan, and Vietnam; in particular, we are proud to draw upon the strengths of our local New Orleans community in our support of the study of Vietnamese culture.

Read our Mission Statement.

Degrees and Curriculum

Currently, we offer a Coordinate Major in Asian Studies, the requirements of which are two courses in an Asian language (students who demonstrate proficiency in an Asian language may substitute other Asian Studies courses) and seven additional courses within Asian Studies of either three or four credits.

Students matriculating in 2014 and later can pursue a stand-alone Asian Studies major.

Connecting to Asia at Tulane


The Asian Studies program organizes and promotes Asia-related events throughout the school year. Students and community members can obtain more information about these events by contacting the Director of Asian Studies.


Tulane Chinese program invites Chinese native speakers at Tulane to pair with Chinese learners in the program to be “language partners.” The language tutoring program aims to provide a platform for Chinese and American students to make friends, exchange ideas, and help each other learn second languages. Posters that include details for application are distributed via Tulane Student Association at the beginning weeks of each semester. For any questions, please email Prof. Lin Zhu ( Kaiwa Club (Japanese Conversation and Culture Club) is a recognized student organization. For more information, please contact the faculty mentor, Saeko Yatsuka-Jensen (