Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center is instituting an annual course programming starting First Semester AY 2022-2023. To support this initiative, we are publishing a consolidated material that contains details of our course offerings, course descriptions, and faculty and lecturers profiles. This serves as a resource material to guide students in planning their courses and navigating their programs at the center.


A more detailed version of course offerings for Asian Studies Program and Philippine Studies Program per specialization. This includes the schedule of core courses, specialization course and suggested electives for the first semester. Also included is the list of courses that will be offered for the second semester.


The expanded course catalogue contains longer descriptions of Asian Studies and Philippine Studies courses. The course descriptions vary and are determined by the assigned instructor for each course.


The last part of the document covers the profile of regular faculty and lecturers of Asian Center. It provides the faculty's academic backgrounds and areas of expertise.


I. Asian Studies Course Offerings for First Semester
II. Philippine Studies Course Offerings for First Semester
III. Asian Studies Course Offerings for Second Semester
IV. Philippine Studies Course Offerings for Second Semester
V. Expanded Course Descriptions: Asian Studies
VI. Expanded Course Descriptions: Philippine Studies
VII. Faculty and Lecturers


The registration period is from 31 August 2022 to 1 September 2022. For more information about the enrollment process, click here.
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The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.