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Asian Studies

Delve into Chinese, Japanese, and/or Middle Eastern language, culture and literature to use in teaching, interpretation, business or public service.

Asian Studies – B.A. in Modern Languages & Literatures (B.A.), Asian Studies Emphasis; Minor

In order to provide students with the skills needed in a globalized world that increasingly pivots on Asia, Montana State University offers an interdisciplinary Asian studies major. In the Asian Studies program at Montana State, students are given the option to study either Arabic, Chinese or Japanese as a core language, as well as explore cultural electives and literature courses that span the continent.

The Modern Languages & Literatures major at Montana State offers four additional Options Within the Major: French & Francophone Studies, German Studies, Latin American & Latino Studies and Hispanic Studies. Additionally, Asian Studies can be taken as a minor.


"Undergraduate research has been instrumental in shaping who I am today."

Spencer Danserau '19, Modern Languages & Literature and Mechanical Engineering 


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Top Public University in Montana
According to the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, Montana State is the No. 1 Public University in the state based on value, post-graduation salary and student experience.

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Study The World
Through the Office of International Programs, Modern Languages & Literatures students have a wide variety of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to study abroad and practice their language of choice in an immersive environment.

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Adventure Awaits
Montana State is the No. 1 college in the U.S. for outdoor sports and recreation, with world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fly fishing and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Asian Studies students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Education
  • Civil Service
  • Law
  • Social Work

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.