Asian Studies contributes to developing a full and accurate account of world cultures, national and ethnic identity formation and societies. It also examines the particular ways Asian political, historical, and cultural developments help to articulate their local interests and our interrelated global citizenry.
This minor is an excellent springboard from which to launch a meaningful vocation in fields where in-depth knowledge of the socio-historical and cultural contexts of Asian ideas and institutions are essential. This program will offer students analytical paradigms, interpretative tools and critical thinking skills – all while encouraging a lifelong pursuit of strategies for community empowerment, engagement and social change.
Students will integrate both social scientific and humanistic disciplines, gaining both breadth and depth as they engage in the study of particular Asian areas. The Asian Studies minor is a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary minor program led by Asianist faculty in history and political science. The primary areas of study will be Korea, China, Japan, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The program also boasts a range of additional associated faculty members in biomedical humanities, communication, and English.
- Jugdep S. Chima, Associate Professor of Political Science
- Merose Hwang, Acting Coordinator of Asian Studies Minor, Associate Professor of History