Program Overview

The Asian Studies program provides foundational knowledge and substantial background for further study or career advancement. 
 
To earn the minor, students take courses chosen from more than 30 offerings in departments including history, religious studies, economics, political science, criminology and foreign languages. Courses taken elsewhere, including languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi and Urdu, may count towards the minor with the approval of the program director.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Studying abroad for a semester or a year is an excellent complement to the Asian Studies minor. Stonehill students have attended programs in a wide range of venues, such as:

  • Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, Beijing, China
  • Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Studying Asia, particularly Asian language and culture, opens you up to the vast and compelling opportunities that are beginning to present themselves in these countries.

Program Combinations

Students may combine their majors with the Asian studies minor and topics to create specialized programs of study.

Some possible program or topic combinations include:

  • International business with Asian studies
  • Political science & international studies with interdisciplinary minor in Chinese language and culture

Graduate Outcomes

Upon graduation, students who have done coursework or gained experience in Asian Studies are well equipped to apply their interdisciplinary training to careers in international business, public policy, economics, journalism, education and elsewhere.

Recent Graduates

  • Evan Wolstencroft ’16, a political science & international studies and interdisciplinary studies major who spent a semester at the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Julie Wilson ’09, a psychology major and coordinator of the Global Projects Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, volunteered in Southeast Asia for four months after graduation, and since then has returned to Vietnam seven times to volunteer at a local orphanage.

Sample Courses

China Rising: The Re-emergence of a Global Superpower

HIS 100/122
China is a political and economic juggernaut in the 21st century, but has also been a vibrant center of global trade and socio-cultural influence for millennia. We explore this long and turbulent history, from the Silk Roads to first encounters between cultures, from diplomacy and war to power struggles between East and West.

Asian Philosophies

PHL 253
What is the nature of the self? What is the divine like? How should we live? What happens when we die? In this course, we discuss answers to these and many other questions from some of the rich philosophical traditions outside the Western world.

Gods and War: Religion, Ideology, and Nationalism in Japan and the United States

RST 323
An exploration of how religions in Japan and the United States have helped formulate national identities and mobilize citizens for war.

Bound Feet and Dragon Ladies: Women & Power in East Asia

HIS 374
This course challenges western conceptions of Chinese and Japanese women as unwanted daughters, submissive wives, and exotic geishas. We explore this complex history by studying women’s oppression and agency, their evolving socio-political roles, and the construction of gender ideals - male and female - through close examination of popular culture, film, art, and literature.

Contact Information

Karen M. Teoh

Karen M. Teoh

Associate Professor of History, Asian Studies Program Director
History