Asian Studies

The Asian Studies program draws upon the perspectives of anthropology, art history, economics, ethnomusicology, history, language study, political science, religious studies, sociology, and theatre and dance studies in order to provide students with a multidisciplinary range of approaches toward (a) a broad understanding of this vast and diverse area and (b) a more detailed knowledge of a topic or a geographical region that is of particular interest to them.

Related departments

For more information, contact Matthew Allen, coordinator.

Minor requirements

Asian Studies minor worksheet

Asian Studies minors are required to take at least five of the courses listed below. Courses in Asian languages beyond Wheaton’s two-semester language requirement may be counted toward the Asian Studies minor. At least one of the five courses taken to satisfy the minor requirements must be at the 300 level.

Anthropology
ANTH 295 Peoples and Cultures of South Asia

Chinese
CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II

Economics
ECON 233 Sweatshops in the World Economy
ECON 305 International Finance
ECON 306 International Trade
ECON 332 Economic Development

History
HIST 251 Early Islamic Societies
HIST 252 The Modern Middle East

Japanese
JAPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I
JAPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II

Music
MUSC 211 World Music: Eurasia
MUSC 221 Music and Dance of South Asia
MUSC 282 Music and Worship in World Cultures
MUSC 309 Music Nationalism and Identity

Political Science
POLS 209 Chinese Foreign Policy
POLS 223 Contemporary Chinese Politics
POLS 263 The Politics of the Middle East
POLS 347 Islamic Political Thought

Religion
REL 102 Introduction to the Study of World Religions
REL 108 Engaged Buddhism
REL 109 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
REL 212 Sacred Texts of Asia
REL 230 Mysticism and Spirituality
REL 316 Islam: Faith and Practice
REL 325 Hinduism: Thought and Action
REL 326 Buddhism: Thought and Action

Theatre and Dance Studies
THEA 276 World Theatre: Global Perspectives

Matthew Allen

Professor of Music

Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus

Professor of Religion; Program Coordinator, Jewish Studies

Talitha Espiritu

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

Hyun Sook Kim

Professor of Sociology

Shenglan Li

Assistant Professor of History

Bruce Owens

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Anthropology Department; Coordinator, Wheaton/Royal Thimphu College Partnership Program, Coordinator Asian Studies

Yi-Ting Pomfred

Visiting Instructor of Chinese

Alireza Shomali

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

Jeffrey R. Timm

Professor of Religion; Chair of the Religion Department

Jeanne Wilson

Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Russian Studies; Chair, Political Science Department