As the largest and oldest area studies center on campus, CAS supports a wide variety of initiatives to enhance the research and teaching activities of Asian Studies faculty at CU Boulder.  These initiatives seek to connect and broaden disciplinary approaches to the study of Asia not only in the humanities and social sciences, but in the environmental and physical sciences as well as professional fields such as music, education, business, engineering, media, and information sciences.

Many employers in this increasingly interconnected world seek job applicants with an international perspective. The study of Asia is highly relevant in this global age, and its influences can be seen in the fields of politics, economics, the arts, religion, music, film, and more, while a majority of the State Department's Critical Languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Indonesian, are Asian languages.

CAS is the administrative home of the Asian Studies BA at CU Boulder. The Asian Studies major, minor, and graduate certificate encompass a diverse interdisciplinary curriculum.  In addition, CAS works closely with the Office of Education Abroad to promote undergraduate and graduate study and internship opportunities in Asia, many of which are scholarship funded. CAS also supports the Library's East Asian Collection and works with faculty members across campus to build Asian Studies resources.

Research Highlights

Human–environment interactions in south Asian watersheds over the last 100 years: A multi-disciplinary analysis of talavs by Atreyee Bhattacharya, J.S Leonard-Pingel, S. Sarkar, G. Arora, R. Ray, A. Ambilili, A.V. Michelson, P.K. Mishra, M. Desimone, S. Chakraborty, P. Sabale, K. Bajaj, A. Bhattacharya, R. Balaji and A. Bazaz  

Human-made water bodies, called talavs, are common features of arid and semiarid regions of South Asia. Multi-disciplinary research into these talavs demonstrates untapped potential to investigate the long-term response of coupled human–environment systems to climate fluctuations in these regions.

Examining Research Practices of Asian Studies Scholars by Xiang Li

Extreme rainfall deficits were not the cause of recurring colonial era famines of southern Indian semi-arid regions by Ranjini Ray, Atreyee Bhattacharya, Gaurav Arora, Kushank Bajaj, Keyle Horton, Shi Chen, Supriyo Chakraborty & Amir Bazaz 

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