Asian and Asian American Studies

East and West are no longer separated by vast distances and differences, but are becoming integral parts of the emerging global village and of the world community in the making. Asia's economic, cultural, and political influence is growing steadily, and today's students need training in diverse areas of Asian civilization for future careers in an increasingly globalized marketplace. The Asian Studies program at UNLV is dedicated to enhancing knowledge about the traditions and contemporary societies of China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, the Philippines, and other Asian countries. UNLV's participating faculty in the Asian Studies program offer a wide selection of teaching and research interests in multiple disciplines, aimed at communicating and sharing the distinctive cultural, political, linguistic, literary, artistic, and historical aspects of Asian life.

Approved Courses

The following courses have been approved to fulfill the AIS course requirements for either a Bachelor of Arts in Asian and Asian American Studies or a Minor in Asian and Asian American Studies. Students must complete at least 21 credit hours in upper-division (300 or above) courses for the AIS major.


Mark Padoongpatt, Ph.D.,
Director — Asian and Asian American Studies
Office: CBC-B 421
Mail Code:5027
Phone: 702-895-0847
Fax: 702-895-0850

William Jankowiak,
Professor of Anthropology (co-director, Asian Studies emphasis)
Office: WRI-B 108
Mail Code: 5003
Phone: 702-895-3610
Fax: 702-895-4823