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Asian Studies

Asian Studies

To Understand Asia is to Understand the 21st Century


Over half of the world’s population lives in Asia, a region of remarkable cultural, ethnic, political, and economic diversity.  Asia is massive, and it contains multitudes.  Asian stories and Asian questions are fascinating, and understanding them will be critical to understand the world today and in the future.  How does the rearming of Japan change its position in Asian and world politics?  Why is China returning to Confucius?  How do people today read the great philosophies of Laozi, Confucius, and the Buddha?

Asian Studies at Washington College provides an excellent complement to multiple majors, providing an inter-disciplinary focus on the study of Asia though language and additional academic fields.  Minors may complete up to half of their required coursework at one of Washington College’s four study abroad programs in Asia – The China Studies Institute at Peking University in Beijing, PRC; Lingnan University in Hong Kong; Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea; and Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan.  At least half of the required coursework may be taken either through a Washington College short-term program in Asia or on campus with Washington College faculty.

For more information, contact the director of the minor, Assistant Professor David Hull