Explore the culture and history of Asia then gain in-depth and first-hand knowledge of an Asian country, its language and people.

Asian Studies majors and minors receive a broad introduction to the history and culture of Asian societies, and then narrow their focus to a disciplinary emphasis within a specific region, planned with a faculty member.

You’ll study Chinese, Japanese or Korean (or another language if appropriate), and complement your studies at Pomona with study abroad in locations like China, Japan and Taiwan.

With 80+ courses taught by nearly 30 faculty members at The Claremont Colleges, you’ll be exposed to a variety of perspectives on Asia's past and present. Course subjects may include anthropology, music, literature, politics, religious studies, history and international relations. 

  • In class with Professor of Japanese Kyoko Kurita
    In class with Professor of Japanese Kyoko Kurita
  • In class with Professor Hung Cam Thai
    In class with Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies Hung Cam Thai
  • In class with Professor of History Sam Yamashita
    In class with Professor of History Samuel Yamashita

What You'll Study

  • The culture and history of Asia
  • In-depth study of an Asian region or country
  • The Asian language of the region of your emphasis
  • Asian culture first-hand through study abroad
  • A concentrated academic area within Asian Studies
Asian Studies majors or minors can choose from more than 80 classes.

Learning at Pomona

  • Fusion Food in Hong Kong
    For the People, Food is Heaven

    Clara Engle ‘15 focused on fusion food culture in Hong Kong, finding the high rents and desire for new food primarily drive this movement. 

Clara Engle '15
Clara Engle '15

The Asian Studies major has been a very fulfilling experience for me through my studies of religions, cultures and history in East Asia. I developed confidence during my time abroad and a desire to return to Asia as it continues to engage me in new, diverse ways.

Faculty & Teaching

Pomona has close to 30 faculty members involved in the Asian Studies program with a wide range of expertise, including Asian languages and literatures, religious studies, theatre and dance.

Professor Samuel Yamashita

With two dozen Asian specialists on the faculty, the Asian Studies Program offers 50-60 non-language courses on Asian anthropology, art history, history, politics, religion, society and even theater. Our course offerings also cover East, Southeast, South and West Asia. Many of our students win prestigious postgraduate fellowships and go on to do graduate work at the top graduate programs in Asian studies.