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Asian Studies

Home of major philosophical, religious and artistic traditions that have shaped the values of half the world’s population, Asia is critically important in today’s global marketplace and in international politics. Through a unique multidisciplinary approach, Asian Studies at Holy Cross offers students a variety of ways to explore and interpret the diversity, history, and cultures of Asia.

Led by faculty from disciplines across the curriculum with teaching and research expertise in the Asian region, we offer a major and a minor, and sponsor activities and events beyond the classroom — often in collaboration with other academic departments and divisions. Students have the flexibility to explore their interests through courses in subjects ranging from political science to anthropology or theatre. Course work may focus on a specific area — China, Japan, India, Vietnam, Indonesia or Nepal, for example — or a variety of themes from traditional and contemporary histories to social and political movements, religious foundations and transformations, economic development, philosophical approaches, artistic productions, and more. In addition to serving as a focus of a broad liberal arts education, Asian Studies majors and minors benefit from their interdisciplinary training to go on to careers in international affairs, public policy, law, economics, journalism, scholarship, and the arts. 

Program Highlights

The Asian Studies program offers students: 
  • A dynamic interdisciplinary approach that combines the humanities, social sciences, arts and culture, and language study
  • Access to a robust cocurricular program of campus speakers, visiting artists, panel discussions, symposia and exhibitions in the Cantor Art Gallery.
  • Active engagement with the arts on campus, including opportunities to assist with gallery exhibitions, and participate in music, dance and theatre performances
  • Study Abroad options in Japan, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Vietnam and opportunities to travel to Asia for short courses in May and the summer months
  • The opportunity to study four years of Chinese language 

Asian Studies News

Holy Cross Academic Conference 2017 to Showcase Student Work

Apr 21, 2017

As the academic year nears its end, more than 350 students will present the results of their independent work in the performing and visual arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at the 2017 Academic Conference, taking place across campus …

College of the Holy Cross Launches E-Journal on Global Catholicism

Sep 16, 2016

The College of the Holy Cross, in collaboration with Catholic studies scholars around the globe, announces the launch of the Journal of Global Catholicism. The international, peer-reviewed, electronic journal fosters understanding of contemporary Catholicism as it is lived and practiced …

Events

Tue
Nov 14
Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu Lecture
04:00 PM
Carol and Park B. Smith Hall Rehm Lib
Wed
Nov 15
Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu (Event canceled)
04:00 PM
Dinand Library Levis Browsing Room