Asian Studies Program
Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching
Throughout its history, the Asian Studies Program at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University has consistently represented excellence in scholarship and teaching, and continues to provide one of the most diverse offerings of Asian Studies courses in Minnesota.
The program continues to pursue its mission of fostering a greater understanding of Asia and its relationship with the global community while preparing students to become better global citizens who can successfully pursue their professional goals in the "Asian Century." The program strives to help graduates seek out careers in Asia and make them more competitive in a job market which increasingly demands the ability to develop strong working relationships between the East and West. The Benedictine tradition supports involvement in education and community building, as well as a commitment to multiculturalism and intercultural competence, and the Asian Studies Program offers CSB and SJU students the opportunity to engage in and realize these goals in all of their endeavors, both on and off of campus.
Our program offers a well-rounded interdisciplinary approach to the study of Asia, as well as more specialized training in each student's particular area of interest. Courses cover a broad range of topics including history, economics, politics, society, geography, art and art history, business, film, and literature. The program faculty has rich and diverse interests that span from pre-modern times to the present day. Variety and depth are added to our students' regular coursework through experiential learning, including study abroad in Asia and internships in St. Cloud and the Twin Cities. Further, we understand that language is critical to understanding Asia: our students have access to three years of Chinese and Japanese language classes through the Languages and Cultures Department.
Information related to courses, the Asian Studies major, and related resources are located through the links at the left of this page and throughout the web site. We hope you find the information you need. For further assistance, please contact Norma Koetter, Coordinator of Asian Studies.