Asian Studies

The world’s largest continent beholds a diverse range of people, cultures, histories, languages and discoveries. The Asian studies minor will deepen your understanding of a particular geographical region, such as the Middle East, South Asia or East Asia. By choosing electives from disciplines such as history, world languages, economics, music, theatre, politics and religion, you can broaden your knowledge of the topics that interest you most. Maybe it’s Chinese foreign policy or Buddhist thought. Perhaps it’s the history of Japan or music and dance of South Asia.

For more information, contact Matthew Allen, coordinator.



Matthew Allen

Professor of Music

Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus

Professor of Religion; Henrietta Jennings Faculty Chair for Outstanding Teaching (2020-2025); Program Coordinator, Jewish Studies

Talitha Espiritu

Associate Professor of English; Co-Coordinator, Journalism Studies Minor

Hyun Sook Kim

Professor of Sociology; Co-director of Mellon Study Away Program in Miami

Shenglan Li

Assistant Professor of History

Bruce Owens

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Coordinator, Wheaton/Royal Thimphu College Partnership Program

Yi-Ting Pomfred

Visiting Instructor of Chinese

Alireza Shomali

Professor of Political Science, Jane E. Ruby Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences

Jeffrey R. Timm

Professor of Religion; Chair of the Religion Department