• 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.


Spring 2017 Course Offerings

January Term Courses

Spring Semester Courses

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Courses
  • 8:00 a.m.—REL 261A, “Religions of South Asia" Ockham 103 (Scott Hurley)
  • 11:00 a.m.—HIST 161, "East Asian History" Loyalty 10 (Brian Caton)
  • 11:00 a.m.—CHIN 102, "Beginning Chinese" Valders 242 (Hongmei Yu)
  • By arrangement—AS 389 (Gereon Kopf)
Tuesday, Thursday Courses
  • 11:00 a.m.—REL 261B: “Religions of South Asia" in Ockham 103 (Scott Hurley)
  • 12:45 p.m.—REL 265: “Religious Narratives in Japan,” Ockham 103 (Gereon Kopf)
  • 2:30 p.m.—FCULT 142, "China in the World," Loyalty 10 (Hongmei Yu)

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