Asian Studies

Discover what’s on the other side of the world. And why it matters.

This program is on hiatus for the 2021-22 academic year


To study Asian history, culture, art, language and politics is to study one of the richest and most complex bodies of knowledge in the world. In addition to broadening your worldview, an Asian studies minor is a clear pathway to becoming an informed and responsible global citizen — and to careers where you have to think openly and critically and consider multiple perspectives.

Where more than half of the world lives

Two of the world’s three largest economies. Nearly 4.5 billion people. It’s all on the other side of the world. Our program brings it close to home, bringing together history, politics, culture, language and literature.

Asian studies introduces students to the historical and cultural background of Asia

Students are prepared to interact with some of the world’s fastest-growing economies and major powers by studying historical developments, early religions and art, music and literature. Most all of our Asian studies students also study abroad, expanding their global awareness and ability to interact
with diverse populations.

Asian Studies News

  • Matthew Polasik works with a model of a Siamese rice boat last fall in history professor Michelle...

    Recreating Shipwrecks

    Thanks to Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, students in ‘Maritime Archaeology’ class use models to go back in time to study shipwrecks.
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  • The ?floating torii gate? of Miyajima, Japan

    Faculty team receives grant for study tour of Japan

    History professor Michelle Damian will lead a team of faculty from Monmouth College to Japan after receiving a grant from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
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  • Study Tour of Japan

    Grant from Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership funds ‘The Ways of Woods and Waters’ project by faculty in Asian studies, art, biology and classics.
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  • Kieft Scholars


  • Peace Corps Prep Program