Asia is home to deeply historical world cultures and the fastest growing economies and populations in the world. This major prepares students to interact with the people, cultures, and environments of Asia. Students in this program will combine study of an Asian language with the study of the cultures, literatures, and media of Asia. Language study provides advanced spoken and written skills that allow students to communicate with people in the region of study. Culture courses range widely and offer students an opportunity to become familiar with the major literary, religious, film and popular cultural movements in various regions in Asia. The major’s six sub-plans are based on language of concentration: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi and Urdu, Hmong, Japanese, and Korean. The student’s concentrated study in upper-level courses culminates in the senior capstone project. Study abroad is strongly encouraged and can contribute credit to the major.