• 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

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.

January Term 2019

History 262: Everybody Loves Gandhi (Caton) [times TBA, on campus]
Religion 236: Disaster and Enlightenment: Pilgrimages in East Asia (study abroad) [Gereon Kopf]
Paideia 450: Peace and Reconciliation in Cambodia (study abroad)  [Scott Hurley, Char Kunkel]

Spring 2019

Chinese 102 [Hongmei Yu]
Chinese 202  [Hongmei Yu]
History 161: East Asian History [Caton]
REL 261: Religions of South Asia
Paid 450: How China and the US shape each other and the World [Hongmei Yu, Andrew Hageman]
REL 202: From Buddhist Scriptures to Anime [Gereon Kopf]
AS 389 by arrangement [Hongmei Yu]

Fall 2019

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Chinese 101  [Hongmei Yu]
1:30-2:30 p.m. Chinese 201  [Hongmei Yu]
1:30-2:30 p.m. REL 228: Religion and Philosophy in Japan [Gereon Kopf]

Tuesday and Thursday:
2:30-4 p.m. Chinese/Foreign culture 242: Chinese Cinema and Chinese Modernity [Hongmei Yu]
12:45-2:15 p.m. Paideia 450: Bodies, Sticks and mindfulness [Gereon Kopf, Richard Merritt]

No Asian studies history course offerings in Fall 2019 due to Prof. Caton's sabbatical leave.