The Asian Studies Program prepares students for engaged global citizenship and life-long personal and professional involvement with Asian societies through focused interdisciplinary study. The program offers students a wide variety of opportunities for robust intellectual engagement with the arts, economics and business, history, literature, politics, philosophy and religion of the many cultures and nations of Asia and the global Asian diaspora. This coursework is augmented by significant opportunities for experiential learning, including study abroad programs in Asia as well as internship, teaching, service-learning, and other volunteer opportunities available locally, nationally, and internationally. The Program collaborates with the Department of Languages and Cultures in providing students the opportunity for up to three years of language study in Chinese or Japanese. The Program aspires to add expertise in South and Southeast Asia as well as the Middle East.
Asian Studies faculty/staff have rich and diverse scholarly interests, expertise, and experience that reach from ancient times to the present. ASP cultivates vital interdisciplinary relationships with other departments, programs, and centers of learning on and off campus. Program faculty and staff members seek to inspire the entire CSB/SJU community to develop a deeper awareness and understanding of how interdependent we are with Asian societies.
The Asian Studies Program actively promotes CSB/SJU's educational mission through its efforts to facilitate open-minded engagement with Asian peoples. By encouraging students, faculty, staff and the larger community to listen to the voices and experiences of Asian traditions and cultural practices in a global setting, the Program aims to foster growth in wisdom and the capacity for reflective leadership.
The Asian Studies Program offers more than 40 courses in a variety of disciplines.