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Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES)

The AMES multidisciplinary program aims to enrich our understanding of a broadly conceived “Asia” in relation to other parts of the world. Representing the languages and cultures practiced by more than half of the world’s population, the AMES program includes the study of history, politics, religion, literature, fine and media arts, expressive and ritual culture, and the major languages of the region. 

Through interdisciplinary coursework and hands-on advising, students cultivate specialized knowledge of particular regions within Asia while being exposed to various cross-regional practices that have shaped larger collective experiences. Furthermore, by bringing together resources on campus and beyond, the program challenges and stimulates students by introducing alternative worldviews.

AMES has 36 affiliated faculty whose home departments include Anthropology, Art and Art History, Government, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theater, Speech, and Dance. Two of our faculty are jointly appointment with other departments (Anthropology and Modern Literatures and Languages). Affiliated faculty in the business school also extend our offerings.