Augustana’s Asian Studies Program offers a major and a minor in which students develop interdisciplinary skills that are vital to their growth as liberally educated individuals. The social and cultural diversities of the South, South East, and East Asian regions give students the opportunity to discover new perspectives and develop skills in intercultural competency, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Our faculty research and teach across many disciplines including art, economics, history, languages, literature, political science, and religion. The courses taught in the Augustana Asian Studies program prepare students for careers in areas such as law, international trade, teaching abroad, and the Foreign Service.
Students are able to graduate in four years from Augustana College with more than one major or minor. Students who take a major or minor in Asian Studies gain a broad understanding of Asia by experiencing Asian cultures and developing skills crucial to understanding a diverse and changing world which are essential in all professions. Many students of Asian Studies visit an Asian country and undertake a second major in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, sociology, business administration, international business, communication studies, computer science, or art.
Augustana is one of a few liberal arts colleges nationwide that offer four years of instruction in Chinese and Japanese. It also offers a rich array of study abroad programs, including January-term programs in countries such as China, India, and Japan, and semester exchange programs with Lingnan University in Hong Kong, Rikkyo University and Toyo University in Tokyo, and the Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Japan. The Asian Studies major or minor complements Chinese and Japanese language minors who wish to add a multidisciplinary perspective of Asia to their language studies.