Asian Studies Undergraduate Programs


Undergraduate Admissions Procedure

Admission and degree requirement inquiries are handled directly through Portland State’s Office of Admissions of Undergraduate Programs.


Undergraduate degree options with a focus on Asia:

Asian Studies Certificate 

The certificates of Asian Studies requires 28 credits, complementing any Bachelor of Science or Arts degree. 

Asian Studies Certificate Requirements Click here for the PDF Form for further detail | Advisor: Priya Kapoor (Email:



B.A. in Chinese 

The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers courses in Chinese language and literature leading to a Major and Minor in Chinese Language and Literature.  Chinese language courses are offered year round including the summer session. Click here for the PDF Form for further detail | Advisor: Jonathan O. Pease (Email: & Stephan Wadley (Email:




B.A. in Japanese 

A major or a minor in Japanese is offered through the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University. This program includes the TJFL(Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language) Certificate. Click here for further detail | Faculty Advisors: Jon Holt, Emiko Konomi, Laurence Kominz, Suwako Watanabe & Patricia Wetzel

PSU Senior Capstone courses (UNST 421) with an Asia related component

Japan/Chinese Language Program for Youth

This Capstone takes place over the winter and spring terms.  Over two terms, Winter and Spring, Capstone students will work with elementary school programs in the Portland area by assisting the classroom teachers.  They will also engage in activities to promote foreign language education for young children.  The class addresses various issues concerning language learning and teaching, learning styles, language policies, Japanese/Chinese culture and diversity.  Completion of JPN/CHN201 is strongly recommended although it is not a requirement.  

Please contact Yoko Sakurauchi,, for more information. (CRN: 64047)



Meditation for Global Healing

With meditation as our framework, we will explore the concept of personal healing and awareness as a foundation for global healing. Meditation is a practice that encompasses a philosophy of living with a quiet mind, open heart, and in service to others.  This capstone provides an opportunity to explore ancient Chinese philosophy, personal healing, and social responsibility within the context of mindfulness practice. Working with a community partner gives you the chance to be of service to people who are homeless in Portland and learn about their needs and your engagement in the context of the course material.

Please contact Julie Porter,, for more information. 



Reporting Live

Reporting Live is a capstone course designed for PSU study abroad students and connects them with Oregon middle school classrooms via interactive blogs. The course is grounded in peace journalism, engaged pedagogy, and intercultural competence theory, and consists of four main components: a pre-term orientation, ten weeks of blogging, online coursework, and a final celebration in which students visit their assigned classroom in person upon re-entry (or online if still abroad).

Please contact Kate Kangas,, for more information. (CRN: 15188)