• A group of students stand on a mountain in Japan

    Pilgrimage Abroad

    Climb the mountains of Japan during Luther's January Term

  • A group of Luther Students stand with Buddhist monks in Japan

    Experience Buddhism

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

  • Students at the Great Wall of China on J-term trip.

    The Great Wall of China

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

Asian 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.


Fall 2016 Course Offerings

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Courses
  • 11:00 am- CHIN 101 (Hongmei Yu)
  • 1:30 pm- CHIN 201 (Hongmei Yu)
  • 1:30 pm- HIST 362: Topics in South Asian History, “Making India Hindu” (Brian Caton)
Tuesday, Thursday Courses
  • 8:00 am- REL 364, Religion, Sex, and Nationhood (Gereon Kopf)
  • 11:00 am- PAID 450, Love and Gender in China (Brian Caton and Hongmei Yu)
  • 12:45 pm- REL 262A, Religions of East Asia (Gereon Kopf)
  • 2:30 pm- REL 262B, Religions of East Asia (Gereon Kopf)
  • 2:30 pm- FCUL/CHIN 242 (Hongmei Yu)