Global & International Studies Building
Few parts of the world have experienced political, economic, and social change faster than East Asia. The rapid globalization of this dynamic region—and its ties to the United States—have driven interest in the languages, cultures, and histories of China, Japan, and South Korea among undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in government, business, journalism, academia, and the arts.
The Hamilton Lugar School's Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures at Indiana University is dedicated to the study of this rich and diverse region, with courses and expertise ranging from contemporary politics and religion to literature and ancient philosophy.
The Hamilton Lugar School supports a Language Flagship in Chinese—an innovative program that helps undergraduate students achieve professional-level proficiency alongside the major of their choice. As a flagship student, you'll be able to immerse yourself in the language as an undergraduate and then spend a fifth year in China deepening your linguistic and cultural expertise.
At the graduate level, our programs are tailored to meet students' individual needs and interests, yet all combine rigorous training in East Asian languages with extensive study in their chosen disciplines.
Our partner centers and programs offer additional support for research, advanced study, and outreach concerning East Asia.
Chaewon Lee was a high school senior in the United Arab Emirates when she decided to attend Indiana University (IU). Although this move took her 7,500 miles farther away from her native country of South Korea, the school would provide unexpected opportunities, and give Lee the chance to learn more about the language and culture… Read more »
When she was looking at schools, Sofia Herrera knew she wanted to pursue international studies. As soon as she visited Indiana University (IU), she realized the Hamilton Lugar School (HLS) was the right fit for her. She says, “I was so impressed with the Global and International Studies Building — the modernity of it, the… Read more »
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Asma Afsaruddin, professor of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures in the Hamilton Lugar School (HLS) has been named the Class of 1950 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor by Indiana University in recognition of her extraordinary scholarship and teaching, her deep concern for the well-being of students and her devotion to diversity, inclusion, and academic excellence…. Read more »
Republished from IU Newsroom Among the dozens of presidents and prime ministers from around the world who are attending the United Nations’ annual climate summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, is a delegation of Indiana University Bloomington faculty and students. They’re getting a rare opportunity to be in the room as world leaders and renowned experts… Read more »