Academic Programs: Degrees and Courses
The Asian Center offers graduate programs in Asian Studies and in Philippine Studies. Scroll below to read an overview of the programs or click on any of the following:
The Asian Studies MA program of the Asian Center is an interdisciplinary program that yields a deeper understanding and a wider perspective on Asia that cannot be obtained by concentrating on a single discipline. Grounding them on research methodologies and theories on area studies, and on various social sciences, the program requires students to take courses on the history, politics and governance, economic development, and culture of Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, OR West Asia. Scroll down or click on the following to jump to your desired section:
The Philippine Studies program of the Asian Center leading to an MA degree is designed to produce specialists with a broad and integrated comprehension of Philippine society, culture, political and socio-economic development, and external relations. Students can specialize in any of three areas: (1) Philippine Socio-Cultural Studies, (2) Philippine Foreign Relations, and (3) Philippine Development Studies. The Philippine Studies Program (PSP) continues to uphold Philippine Studies (Araling Filipino) as a distinct discipline. Philippine Studies include the study of Filipino society and culture and its constituent ethnolinguistic groups.
Beginning in 2004, the Ph.D. Philippine Studies program of the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman was formally incorporated with related programs of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) and the College of Arts and Letters (CAL). The joint program was established as the Tri-College PhD Philippine Studies Program, with the Asian Center tasked to serve as the central secretariat and headquarters. A Philippine Studies Council and a Coordinating Committee oversee management of the program, from curriculum review to dissertation defense and student relations.
The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers the following Asian Studies courses covering Northeast Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, and West Asian Studies. The Northeast Asian Studies program of the Asian Center requires a country specialization. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. Download the PDF listing these courses and detailing the Programs of Study, which identifies the required courses depending on track (thesis or nonthesis program) and area of specialization. Scroll below or click on the bullets:
Asian Center students are required to pass 12 units of a language course that is offered at the University of the Philippines Diliman or other accredited institutions, and is relevant to their thesis and/or area of specialization.
For instance, Southeast Asia majors can take up Bahasa, Thai, or Khmer, Lao, OR Burmese; South Asia majors can learn, say, Hindi; Northeast Asia majors can take up Mandarin, Japanese OR Korean; while West Asia majors can study, say, Arabic OR Persian.