The Asian Studies Program provides courses on Asian cultures, civilizations, and societies, from multiple departments and programs, offering students the opportunity to earn the Minor in Asian Studies. Students who demonstrate academic excellence and complete a one-semester senior thesis will achieve the added designation Robert Trimble Distinguished Asia Scholar. In the subsidiary program of Asian Languages and Cultures, students may major or minor in Chinese or Japanese studies.
The program also offers the university's unique Pacific Rim/Asia Study-Travel Program, as well as opportunities to study abroad in China, Japan, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Other opportunities through the Asian Studies Program include:
Lely Shim, Indonesian Instructor, Lisa Long '04 Pac Rim Administrative Director, and Indonesian Program Director and Indonesian Field School Director Gareth Barkin, take a picture with a selfie-stick. The selfie-stick was popularized in Jakarta, Indonesia first before becoming a world-wide trend.
"Mahjong requires four players, using 144 tiles with the Chinese characters and symbols engraved on them, and involves strategy, calculation and some luck to win. The game originated during the Qing Dynasty during the 1800s and is still one of the most common types of entertainment among people in China today".
-Lotus Perry Chinese Program Instructor