Asian Languages & Civilizations

Our faculty and students draw on a variety of disciplines to explore the histories and cultures of the peoples of Asia.

We study the languages, societies and cultures of major civilizations that stretch from the Arab World to Japan. Students expand their knowledge and challenge assumptions about this large and vital part of the world.

ASLC Major Requirements

The department has decided that majors who take classes at Amherst College in 2020-2021 may fulfill their Asian Languages and Civilizations major requirements with a 3 course concentration instead of 4 courses (a total of 9 courses, instead of 10, for the major). One of those three courses will still have to contain a significant research component, but we hope this change will help you take advantage of the 3-course-load option in the coming semesters.

Historical photo of Doshisha University students holding their school flag

Asian Studies Prizes

We award the Doshisha Asian Studies Prize for the best undergraduate honors thesis pertaining to Asia, and The Smith Prize for Japanese Studies.