Asian Studies (ASIA)

The Asian Studies program serves as a focal point for academic courses leading to an interdisciplinary major and minor in Asian Studies. Intended to deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of this important world region, the Asian Studies Program also brings greater international awareness to the campus and community by sponsoring guest lectures, cultural performances, high school outreach, study tours, and special events related to Asia.

The Asian Studies Program is coordinated by an Advisory Committee, comprised of faculty members representing multiple departments throughout the University.


Program Learning Goals in Asian Studies

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate at least second-year language proficiency (ACTFL’s intermediate-mid) in an Asian language.
  2. Identify common elements of the Asian region, as well as differences within the region based on society and culture.
  3. Analyze an Asian society from at least three disciplinary perspectives (including, but not limited to, anthropology, art history, economics, history, literature and the arts, political science, religious studies, and sociology).
  4. Understand the role of artists, the arts, and the artistic impulse in society and recognize how history, politics, religion, philosophy, science, and technology influence art and how art influences history, politics, religion, philosophy, science, and technology.
  5. Articulate the political, economic, and sociocultural relationships among Asian nations and between Asia and other regions.