The Asian Studies Program recognizes the increasingly important role that Asian regions play in global economies, politics, and cultures. Students minoring in Asian studies choose courses from an interdisciplinary curriculum that allows them to explore aspects of Asian traditions that can complement their major field of study, e.g., business administration, history, international studies, literature, religious studies, or the fine and performing arts. At present, ten different departments contribute their disciplinary perspectives to the Asian studies curriculum.
Asian Studies aims to provide students with the global competence central to success in the world of the twenty-first century. Students minoring in the program will fulfill Nazareth College’s foreign language requirement by studying one of the Asian languages presently offered (Chinese and Japanese, with Arabic and Hindi-Urdu available on demand). They also are encouraged to study abroad in an Asian country through currently existing programs (in China, India and Japan) or others under development. The Asian Studies Program also contributes to the college-wide goal of infusing the curriculum with international perspectives and content.
Educating students for global competence entails fostering a deeper understanding of the complex role that Asian regions play in the process of globalization. In our emerging global society the processes of cultural transformation, exchange, and diffusion are not unidirectional, but multilateral. Students will explore the growing influence of Asian societies upon the developed Western world and learn how various dimensions of globalization transcend geographic, economic, political, and socio-cultural boundaries.