Asian, East European, and German Studies

Welcome to the Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies.

We offer classes on some critical regions and countries in the world—including Germany and Japan, Russia and China, India and Korea, and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. We also provide language instruction in German, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese. And our faculty research and publish significant scholarly work in these areas.

Our courses are of interest to, and fulfil General Education requirements for, students from many fields—ranging from the humanities and social sciences to art and music to business and engineering. Students seeking more in-depth study pursue minors, majors, double-majors, and graduate programs in the department.

For further information on the degrees, courses, research, study abroad, and other activities in each of our main areas, see the adjacent pages for German Studies, Asian Studies, and Russian and East European Studies. Students may specialize in one of these areas, and also gain valuable comparative perspectives by taking classes across the areas and from other units covering languages, cultures, and area studies.

Our mission: contributing to global education on campus. As our community, the country, and the world become more internationally connected, it is important to engage across societies and gain an appreciation for multiple perspectives. We develop student skills in writing and communication, critical thinking, and intercultural competence, enabling our students to succeed in a diverse global environment. 

UC's new Clifton Court Hall reaches major milestone

May 25, 2022

The final beam was hoisted high above Clifton Avenue this month in the topping off ceremony for Clifton Court Hall, one of the latest additions to the University of Cincinnati’s uptown west campus. Situated near the northwest corner of campus, the 185,000 square foot structure will house several departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, in addition to 24 classrooms, 230 faculty and staff offices when it opens in spring of 2023.

What is Arabic Studies? 

May 9, 2022

Have you ever considered learning another language? Exploring a different culture, religion, or society? If so, you may want to learn more about the Arabic Studies program offered through the University of Cincinnati. Encompassing twenty-two countries and Palestine, the Arab world has a population of about 300 million people, and more than a billion people use Arabic as a vital component of their daily lives. In fact, in 1974 the United Nations adopted Arabic as one of its six official languages. The Arabic world has strategic significance for the US government and military, creating a demand for its speakers and incentive for more learners. Offered through UC’s College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), Arabic Studies offers students a robust, topical course selection ranging from language and literature to explorations of Middle East politics.

What is International Affairs? 

April 14, 2022

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for any global issue, the University of Cincinnati’s international affairs program aims to equip undergraduate students with the necessary, transferrable skills that allow them to examine a broad range of international and global issues using methods and conceptual frameworks from different disciplines. Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, this major combines a wide range of other disciplines such as political science; history; economics; women’s, gender and sexuality studies; journalism; environmental studies; geography; foreign languages, and other areas.  

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