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.