Asian Studies Program

Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching

ASP prepares students for engaged global citizenship and life-long personal and professional involvement with Asian societies through focused interdisciplinary study of the civilizations of Asia.  The program offers students a wide variety of opportunities for robust intellectual engagement with the arts, economics and business, history, literature, politics, philosophy and religion of the many cultures and nations of Asia and the global Asian diaspora.  This coursework is augmented by significant opportunities for experiential learning, including study abroad programs in Asia as well as internship, teaching, service-learning, and other volunteer opportunities available locally, nationally, and internationally.  The Program collaborates with the Department of Languages and Cultures in providing students the opportunity for up to three years of language study in Chinese or Japanese.  The Program aspires to add expertise in South and Southeast Asia as well as the Middle East.

Members of the Asian Studies faculty/staff have rich and diverse scholarly interests, expertise, and experience that reach from ancient times to the present, from the Persian Gulf to the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and Korea.  ASP cultivates vital interdisciplinary relationships with other departments, programs, and centers of learning on and off campus.  Program faculty ad staff members seek to inspire the entire CSB/SJU community to develop a deeper awareness and understanding of how interdependent we are with Asian societies. 

The Asian Studies Program actively promotes CSB/SJU's educational mission through its efforts to facilitate open-minded engagement with Asian peoples.  By encouraging students, faculty, staff and the larger community to listen to the voices and experiences of Asian traditions and cultural practices in a global setting, the Program aims to foster growth in wisdom and the capacity for reflective leadership.

Our Program

Our program offers a well-rounded interdisciplinary approach to the study of Asia, as well as more specialized training in each student's particular area of interest. Courses cover a broad range of topics including history, economics, politics, society, geography, art and art history, business, film, and literature. The program faculty has rich and diverse interests that span from pre-modern times to the present day. Variety and depth are added to our students' regular coursework through experiential learning, including study abroad in Asia and internships in St. Cloud and the Twin Cities. Further, we understand that language is critical to understanding Asia: our students have access to three years of Chinese and Japanese language classes through the Languages and Cultures Department.

Information related to courses, the Asian Studies major, and related resources are located through the links at the left of this page and throughout the web site. We hope you find the information you need. For further assistance, please contact Norma Koetter, Coordinator of Asian Studies.

Contact Us

Professor Sophia Geng
Director of Asian Studies
Richarda P30
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
(320) 363 5786  

Norma Koetter
Program Coordinator
Richarda N10
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University

(320) 363-5248 (CSB)