Our Asian Studies Program BA has a flexible and adaptable course framework. You decide which Asian language (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean) and which region of Asia most interests you, and then you develop your academic plan from there! You are required to take 4 semesters of an Asian language, and you can focus on history, language, culture, health, gender, popular culture or develop a broader understanding as you take your required upper level electives. Our BA adapts well to transferring courses from other academic institutions, and can be particularly useful for students with an Excelsior scholarship because it does not prescribe particular courses for the BA. Study abroad is supported and recommended here – and we work with you to maximize the transfer of credits into your major.
Please contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies for information about the major or assistance in applying to the major.
Total credit hours: 49
Name: Kayleigh Reed
Major: Asian Studies & English
Kayleigh Reed graduated from UB in 2018 with a double major in Asian Studies and English. She studied abroad in India during the 2016-2017 academic year. Courtney Locke (AS ’18) interviewed Kayleigh and wrote the following profile.
Interview by C. Locke ’18.
Reed was awarded the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship, The CET-University of Wisconsin Joseph W. Elder Scholarship, as well as a national scholarship for her study abroad program. Reed’s study abroad was also supported in part by the Asian Studies Program Study Abroad Award , which is available to all UB undergraduates wishing to study abroad in Asia.
Where did you study abroad?
I studied in Lucknow and Varanasi, India in 2016- 2017.
Families often worry about the safety of students while studying abroad. Did you ever feel unsafe while traveling in India?
I felt very safe in India, with few exceptions. The big cities can be quite alarming to the senses and I felt a bit bewildered at times, but never fearful.
What did you do during free time?
Hung out with friends or host family, visited parks and gardens, or saw movies. I was also able to travel to various other Indian cities as doing so was very inexpensive.
Did you feel any homesickness? How did you overcome these feelings?
Fall 2017 was the first period lengthy travel abroad for me, and I found myself missing home quite often. Thankfully, I have FaceTime so I was able to communicate regularly with my parents when I felt homesick. The spring semester I found myself feeling less homesick than before.