Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of studying Asia?

The Asian Studies Program offers CSB/SJU students a unique opportunity to prepare themselves for personal and professional involvement with the newly-dawned Asian Century. Students will develop important intercultural skills as well as gain insight into various aspects of Asia's diverse and fascinating societies and cultures. Through course work and extra-curricular activities dealing with Asia, students will leave CSB/SJU prepared personally and professionally for life in the new global economy.

Can I major in Asian Studies?  Click: Major Requirements

What are the requirements for Asian Studies Minors?  Click:  Minor Requirements

Asian studies, like other branches of the liberal arts, provides both skills for making a living and learning as a life-long endeavor. Students who minor in Asian Studies have the choice of many professional opportunities, examples include the following:

  • Foreign Correspondent
  • International Sales
  • Translator
  • International Student Advisor
  • Interpreter
  • Bilingual Editor
  • Customs Inspector
  • Journalist
  • Travel Agent
  • International Business
  • ESL Teacher
  • Immigration Agent
  • Embassy Personnel
  • Market Research
  • Study Abroad Coordinator
  • English Teacher Abroad
  • Importer/Exporter
  • Government Agent
  • Peace Corps Volunteer

Do I have to satisfy language requirements for the Asian Studies Minor?

There are no language requirements for the Asian Studies Minor. However, students interested in Asia are strongly encouraged to take Japanese or Chinese language.

Who do I contact if I want to minor in Asian Studies?

To apply for a minor in Asian Studies, please contact Professor P. Richard Bohr. For general questions about the major/minor, please contact Norma Koetter, Coordinator of Asian Studies.

Where are the study abroad destinations for Asian Studies program?

In Japan, our study abroad site is located in Tokyo, at Bunkyo Gakuin University. In China, our study abroad site is located in Sichuan province, outside of Chongqing at Southwest University. There are also annual May Term courses that visit China and Japan.

Can non-Asian Studies majors or minors study abroad in Asia?

Yes, there is no course or language requirement for study abroad in Asia. However, students interested in Asia are strongly encouraged to take Japanese or Chinese language and other Asian Studies courses to prepare for their study abroad experience.

Where can I get more information about Asian Studies?

You may contact the Director of Asian Studies, Professor P. Richard Bohr, or the Coordinator of Asian Studies, Norma Koetter.