Augustana offers a major and minor in Asian studies, as well as minors in Chinese and Japanese. Many students of Asian studies take Chinese or Japanese, along with courses or a second major or minor in disciplines such as history, anthropology, sociology, business administration, international business, or the arts.
Even with two or more majors students can graduate in four years with broad understanding of traditional and modern Asia, at least three years of language study, experience in an Asian country, and the background for many professional fields. Faculty include native speakers from China and Japan, and professors from 12 departments across the liberal arts and sciences, teaching courses such as Japanese Art, Gender and Privilege in the People’s Republic of China, Religion and Philosophy of India, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Augustana is one of only a few colleges nationwide to offer four years of instruction in Chinese. For Japanese instruction, students may study three years of the language on campus and third- and fourth-level Japanese in Kobe, Japan.
Every three years, students and faculty study and travel together throughout Japan, Taiwan, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the People’s Republic of China. Augustana also offers full terms and focused study programs in countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam and yearlong exchange programs with Lingnan University in Hong Kong and the Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Kobe, Japan.