The Asian studies program offers an Asian studies minor whose initial core area is East Asia, due to the region's historical and contemporary significance. Although the program emphasizes China and Japan, students also study linkages between these two countries and other parts of East Asia (the Korean Peninsula, Mongolia and Taiwan), as well as connections between East Asia and other regions, such as Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and Oceania.
Through course offerings focused on Asian histories, businesses, politics, economies, religions, cultures and languages, our Asian studies program seeks to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of Asia. The program design fosters familiarity with interdisciplinary approaches, cross-cultural interactions and global events.
The Asian studies faculty has a diverse variety of professors who teach different subjects including Asian studies, history, religious studies, sociology, digital arts, and communication and media studies.
- Christopher Bell, PhD, University of Virginia
- Denge Chen, MFA, Pennsylvania State University
- Su Young Choi, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Rachel Core, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
- Jennifer Foo, PhD, Northeastern University
- Chris Jimenez, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
- Leander Seah, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
- Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The Asian studies program develops students' appreciation for other cultures and critical thinking skills so as to prepare them for a wide variety of careers related to Asia and the world. In combination with other majors and minors, potential career paths include (but are not limited to)Education
- Non-profit work
Please contact the program director, Christopher Bell, PhD, at [email protected] for further information.