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Asian Studies

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The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program and the AEON Corporation of Japan accept recent Augustana graduates to teach English in junior or senior high schools, local government offices or private corporations in Japan.

Recent grads:

Brooke Armstrong '11 is teaching English at elementary and junior high schools in Kiso-machi, Japan.

Adam Krusza '12 is an account executive at One Main Financial, Macomb, Ill.

Ben Rothe '12 is teaching English in Korean public schools in Seoul.

Hilary Timmerman '13 is employed in international affairs at Kleberg Bank, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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 will 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.

During fall term 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.

Hilary Timmerman ’13, Asian studies and international business; employed in international affairs at Kleberg Bank, Corpus Christi, Texas
I came to Augustana with very limited knowledge of anything outside of the United States, and now I have a degree in international business and Asian studies and a strong fascination for cultures different from my own. My peak experience at Augustana was definitely my study abroad trip to East Asia. With the help of $2,000 from Augie Choice, the trip gave me the opportunity to broaden my perspectives and see the world in a new light.

Ben Rothe ’12, communication sciences & disorders and Asian studies; currently teaching English in Korean public schools in Seoul
I cannot even put into words the feeling of thankfulness I have towards my Asian studies education from Augustana College. Since I always had an interest in the East Asian culture, I knew I wanted to learn more and get hands-on experience. The Asian studies classes and opportunity to study abroad gave me tools and experience, and simply opened up my eyes to cultures that are really different from my own. If it hadn’t been for my East Asian study-abroad opportunity, I would not be where I am today.

Brooke Armstrong ’11, anthropology and Asian studies; currently teaching English at elementary and junior high schools in Kiso-machi, Japan
At Augustana I learned that I can do more than I thought I could. Even though doing something might be scary, I learned that by following through with your ideas … you will be amazed by the results. Now I’ve been teaching in Japan for about a year and a half, and plan on staying one more year before applying to graduate school—most likely for anthropology.