Asian Studies at San Jose State University is explored by various centers and programs. A Center for Asian Studies was founded in 1974 in order to further the development of opportunities to study Asia (South, Central, Southeast, and East) at San Jose State University.

Soon afterwards an Asian Studies Minor Program was established. At this same time, SJSU developed a federally funded media service: the East Asian Regional Materials and Resources Center (EARMARC). Other notable programs established over the years include the Major and Minor Programs in the Chinese and Japanese languages.