Asian Studies Minor
The Asian Studies program is an interdisciplinary minor that explores the history, culture and societies of Asia – a vitally important region in the global economy and international politics.
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
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
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.
- 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.