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Asian Studies

Program Contact: Amber Hicks

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The courses included in PCC's Asian Studies Focus Award foster a rich understanding and appreciation of the cultures of Asia. A minimum of sixteen credits from the courses listed below entitles students to receive an Asian Studies Focus Award, which will show prospective employers and transfer colleges a foundational focus on Asia. These studies encourage broader reflections about the nature of culture and how it shapes everything from world views to daily life. Above all, the focus award enables students to develop a multidimensional perspective on Asia, its many cultures, and their own life experience as well.

In spring of 2009, PCC officially became the regional center of the East-West Center.

2019 Asian Studies Focus Award Ceremony

I have become more knowledgeable in different Asian cultures and am able to identify differences and similarities between them. It has made me more culturally aware, and more eater to learn all I can about Asia. More than ever, I want to visit.Josh, Asian Studies Focus Award recipient

As of February 2020, 152 students students have received the Asian Studies Focus Award. The Asian Studies Focus Award satisfies Portland State University’s International Studies requirement, INT 216a, Introduction to Asian Studies, with some restrictions.

Student Clubs

There are a number of clubs at PCC that focus on Asia - see more about clubs at PCC.

What's Next

  1. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since we don't offer a degree or certificate in this subject, you should choose Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer (AAOT) for now.
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Plan your transfer
  4. You can also complete the Asian Studies Focus Award