Asian Studies

Asian Studies

Augustana College - Rock Island, IL

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Augustana College offers a major and minor in Asian studies, as well as a minor in Chinese. Many students of Asian studies take classes in the Chinese or Japanese languages, along with courses or a second major or minor in disciplines such as history, anthropology, sociology, business administration or the arts. The mission of the Asian studies program is two-fold: the program enriches the education of students from a full range of majors, to enhance their global understanding and provide a richer cultural context for their major studies; and the program provides a wide choice of direction for students who major or minor in Asian studies. For example, students may choose to focus on modern and traditional Asian cultures and societies, contemporary Asian politics, economic links between the U.S. and other nations of the Pacific Rim, or global environmental issues. The Asian languages faculty are native speakers with extensive traveling experience in China and Japan. Each year, the faculty welcome a visiting scholar in Chinese from Hua Zhong Normal University in Wuhan, China. Faculty in the Asian studies department also include professors of art, art history, biology, business administration, geography, history, political science, religion and sociology. AugustanaÕs program has won much recognition over the years. From 1999-2005 the college served as headquarter for ASIANetwork, a consortium of more than 170 colleges committed to strengthening the Asian studies programming on their campuses. The college also has received many grants to support its program, from such places as the United Board for Christian Higher Education, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Japan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. One of the most impactful was a $549,000 ÒBuilding BridgesÓ grant from the Freeman Foundation, which has provided funding for faculty and student research in Asia, language study student fellowships to China or Japan, and a recent Augustana Choir tour of China.

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