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Asian Studies

One of the prominent historical transformations in the 20th century is the rise of two non-European countries. USA and Japan directly influenced worldwide political, economic and social processes for almost a century. Since 90's, this process continued by Asian countries' increasing influence on world economy and politics. Therefore, the main purpose of Asian Studies is to understand this historical and political transformation.

Alongside the political and economic influences of globalization, today social and cultural relations between far away geographies are increasing thanks to new technologies. Turkey, especially with the new active and dynamic foreign policies, started to strengthen relations with different social and political actors beyond its' geographical area. In this manner, centers of Asian Studies in Turkey aim to contribute the academic studies in this field.

Asian Studies Institutes in the numerous universities convey studies on the politics, history, geography, economy, culture and social transformations of Asian countries. Therefore, Asian Studies an interdisciplinary and multi-lingual area of study. The main study areas in the Centers of Asian Studies are political history of the countries in the region, social and economic problems, language and literature, architecture and ethic minorities.

Turkey's well-rooted universities started to establish Asian Studies under History Departments. In these centers, academicians convey studies on different countries of the region, e.g., China, India, Korea, and Australia.

The language of training is English in these Asian Studies Centers. There are elective courses on Chinese, Japanese, Korean languages. Introductory courses composed of political history of the area, economic structure and cultural characteristics of Asian countries. Besides, there are courses on further studies composed for different interests like international relations of Southern Asia or Japanese Society in Modern Literature.

Centers of Asian Studies in Turkey appeal both to academicians for majoring in their areas and the business world because of increasing economic relations. Graduates can find job opportunities in several branches of public and private sector.

Open Programs

The Master of Arts Program in Asian Studies at Boğaziçi University

The rise of Asia is defining global processes in all respects, which makes it absolutely necessary for individuals from any walk of life to have a better understanding of the dynamics behind the ascent of the Asian continent. The role of Japan, China, India, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore in the world economy and international relations contributes to Asia as a regional center of globalization.

The Master of Arts Program in Asian Studies at Bogazici University (MAAS) aims to provide students from different academic and professional backgrounds with a solid foundation in this field, and to prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century. The program combines a multi-disciplinary approach incorporating political, economic, social and cultural studies of Asia with language courses aiming to equip the students with working knowledge in an Asian language. MAAS prepares students for a wide range of career options -in the government, business world, NGOs, international and national think-tanks on area studies and international relations, the academy, journalism/media, publishing, cultural foundations and the like- in today's and tomorrow's world where Asia is to play an increasingly assertive role.

MAAS is offered by Boğaziçi University Institute of Social Sciences, supported by the Asian Studies Center and the Department of History. Presently, the program offers two Regional majors concentrating on Japan and China respectively. The program in Japanese studies and Chinese studies includes education on general Asia as well as additional elective courses on Korea, India, Central Asia, the Middle East/West Asia, and South East Asia. The program is complemented with Japanese and Chinese language instruction.

MAAS is a one-year M.A. program without thesis, which is completed in three semesters of Fall, Spring, and Summer that is subject to special tuition. It aims to serve the working-student by offering courses after work and on week-ends.


• Paths of Modernity in Asia
• Readings on Asian Economies
• Turkey's Relations with Asia
• Patterns of Asian Civilizations
• Art and Culture in Asia
• History and Memory in East Asia
• European Colonialism, Imperialism, Asian Nationalisms, and the Modern History of Asia
• Seminar on the Asia-Pacific Region
• Comparative Political Economy in Asia
• Modern Society and Gender in Asia
• ndian Society and Culture
• South Asian International Relations and Politics
• Readings in India's Social and Economic History
• Indian History from Kingdom to Colonization
• Indian History from Colonization to Independence
• Readings in South East Asian Studies
• Japan and Asia
• History of Modern Japan
• History of Japan's International Relations and Foreign Policy
• Japanese Society through Modern Literature
• Japanese Society through Art and Culture
• Seminar in Japanese Studies
• Japanese Management Culture and Know-how
• The Japanese Economy
• Historiography of Modern Japan
• An Introduction to Chinese History
• Modern History of China
• China's International Relations and Foreign Policy
• Chinese Economy and International Trade
• Chinese Society and Culture
• Seminar in Chinese Studies
• Modern Society and Gender in China
• Modern Chinese Historiography
• Literature in China
• Topics in Modern Korean History and Culture
• Seminar on Modern Korea
• Education Policies in Korea
• Russia in Asia
• History of Russia in Central Asia
• Contemporary Russia and Central Asia in World Politics
• The History of the Middle East in the Twentieth Century
• The Middle East and Asia

Non-thesis MA Program in South Asian Studies at Necmettin Erbakan University

Asian Studies presents courses on Asia-Pacific Region, East, Southeast and South Asian countries' contemporary political, economic and social developments.

Asian Studies aims to create a debate platform on Asia Region and Asian Studies. By following our portal, students can stay informed about current affairs.


• Studies in Asian Economies
• Turkish- Asian Relations
• Art and Culture in Asian
• History and Memory in the Eastern Asian
• European Colonialism, Imperialism, Nationalism in Asia
• Modern History of Asia
• Comparative Political-Economy in Asia
• International Relations and Politics in the Southern Asia
• Readings in the Southern Asia