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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

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 …

Holy Cross Produces Seven Fulbright Scholars

May 19, 2016

Six members of the Class of 2016 and one member of the Class of 2014 have been awarded Fulbright grants to teach and conduct research around the world during the 2016-17 academic year. Since 2005, Holy Cross has received a …

Events

Wed
Mar 29
Asian Studies Informational Session
04:30 PM
Beaven Hall 229
Tue
Apr 04
Racial Ambiguity and South Asian American Basketball Communities: The Politics of Comparative Racialization
04:00 PM
Carol and Park B. Smith Hall Rehm Lib