• Pilgrimage Abroad

    Climb the mountains of Japan during Luther's January Term

  • Experience Buddhism

    Asian Studies students can learn about Buddhism first-hand abroad or at the Monastery just a short drive from Decorah

  • The Great Wall of China

    Students can visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World on a J-term trip

Asian Studies/Chinese Studies

Asia is home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations. Today it is also the world’s demographic center—China,  India, and Indonesia are three of the world’s four largest nations. Studying Asia and gaining experience in the Asian countries are important to develop an appreciation for diversity and produce better knowledge about the global flows of peoples, cultures, technology, and business.

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students to the history, cultures, and societies of Asia. Currently the program offers a minor of 25 credits, including 6 courses selected from at least two different disciplines. Students will acquire language skills in an Asian language and demonstrate basic knowledge of the Asian countries in multidisciplinary contexts.

In an effort to engage in the conversation of curriculum revision on campus, the Asian Studies program has been revised as a Chinese Studies minor under the auspices of MLLL to address the global importance of Chinese culture, politics and economics from an interdisciplinary perspective since Fall 2019. There will be a transition phase for three years (Fall 2019- Spring 2021) during which a minor in Asian Studies is still an option.

Fall 2020:

Chinese 101
Chinese 201
Fcult 142: China in the World

Spring 2021:

Chinese 102
Chinese 202
Chin/Fcult 242: Chinese Cinema and Chinese Modernity
History 161: East Asian History

No Asia-related Religion courses offered this year as Prof. Kopf is on sabbatical leave for 2020-21.