Asian Studies

Asian Studies2018-06-27T18:45:22+00:00

The interdisciplinary minor is designed to introduce students to the arts, cultures, economies, geography, history, languages, politics, and religions of East, Southeast, and South Asia. The program also emphasizes introductory knowledge of Asian languages as a necessary means to understanding the region’s traditional and contemporary cultures.

Asian Studies

Students who minor in Asian Studies gain basic proficiencies in the traditions and languages of the region by acquiring fundamental historical, linguistic, and cultural knowledge, as well as learn how to use research and analytical tools to challenge and to suggest new avenues for exploration.

By enrolling in courses across different disciplines, minors in Asian Studies also learn to interpret and to appreciate cultural production in all its various forms, ranging from the political to the musical to the gastronomic. In this way, students emerge both with elementary proficiency in at least one Asian language and the cultural knowledge and sensitivity to pursue future work and research opportunities in Asia. Many of our students study abroad for full semesters in Shanghai, China and Yamaguchi, Japan. Frequently, there are CentreTerm trips to countries such as India and Thailand.

Career Paths

Our graduates have gone on to receive prestigious Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. State Department to study Mandarin in China, intern in Washington D.C. and in Shanghai, attend graduate schools at Johns Hopkins, Washington State, University of Texas-Austin, and other reputable institutions, and teach English in various countries in Asia. Below is a list of just some career fields that would benefit from an Asian Studies minor.

• Academia
• Consultancy
• Education
• Ethnic/Cultural Research
• Foreign Service & Diplomacy
• Humanitarian Work
• Intelligence

• International Business
• International Trade
• Linguistics
• Media & Marketing
• Museum Curating
• Religious Studies
• Translation & Interpretation