Asia and its Religions
The study of Asian religion and culture is an essential element of students' education in becoming a global citizen. Asia is home to more than 60% of the world's peoples; the two largest countries in the world by population are China and India with more than a billion citizens each while, after the United States, the second, third and fourth largest economies in the world are China, Japan and India, as measured by purchasing power parity.
The Asian Religions Area of the School of Religious Studies supports one of the largest teaching programs in Asian Religions in North America. The School of Religious Studies teaches more than 30 courses in all aspects of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Japanese religion from the basic introductory level to advanced graduate seminars. It has thriving M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Hinduism and Buddhism, including training in Sanskrit and Tibetan.