Asian Studies

Welcome to Asian Studies at UIC! The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers an undergraduate minor in Asian Studies. The minor is an academic option that students may choose if they wish to complement their major field of study with focused knowledge relating to Asia and Asian Diasporas. As such, the program provides not only traditional area studies training, but also emphasizes transnationalism and diaspora as important program foci. Students receive instruction on Asian histories, politics, economies, cultures, and languages, and explore linkages, spatially and temporally, within and across Asian diasporas. They will develop interpretive skills, learn about Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies, and acquire the critical analytic skills called for in advanced work in research and writing.

As a complement to any major, the Minor encourages students to consider Asian Studies from the perspective of other disciplines and professional fields. Minor courses can be taken in tandem with a range of majors, including Anthropology, Art History, Business, English, Foreign Languages, History, and Sociology. New courses about or related to Asian Studies are regularly added to the curriculum at UIC, so please read the Schedule of Classes closely and consult with Professor Gayatri Reddy (, faculty advisor for the minor, to discuss potential requirement substitutions and additional electives.

Gayatri Reddy

Coordinator, Asian Studies
Associate Professor, GWS and Anthropology
Affiliated Faculty, Asian American Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Contact information:
Asian Studies Program
1018 University Hall
Phone: 312-413-5658

Poet Ko Un: Lecture and Poetry Reading

Oct 02, 2014
When: Friday, October 3rd 12pm Where: Daley Library, Room 1-470 University of Illinois at Chicago 801 S. Morgan Street
The prolific Korean poet and activist Ko Un will make a rare Chicago appearance. A former Buddhist monk and political prisoner, Ko Un was a finalist for the Noble Prize for Literature on multiple occasions. he has published more than 150 books over 50 of which have been translated into 25 foreign languages, and is the recipient of more than 20 prestigious literary awards and honors around the globe. Ko Un aims to make his entire life, and even is grave, a poem, refusing to be imprisoned by efforts to write poetry as an end itself. it is because of this that most Korean literary critics agree that his poems have attained a great liberation from language.

For more information listen to this BBC documentary about Ko Un 

Hosted by the Poetry Foundation. Co-sponsored by the Chicago Public Library, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, University of Illinois at Chicago, Seoul National University Alumni Association, and the Sejong Cultural Society