Asian Studies (minor)

What you will study

Asian Studies at Alverno College is designed to be a flexible support that allows you to develop your interests in Asia. To begin, you are required to take an introductory course to become acquainted with the region and to help you meet other Asianists at Alverno. You also take two semesters of an East Asian language.

At the intermediate and advanced levels, you choose from a variety of courses, including Asian art, religion, literature, history, dance and movement, politics, business, psychology, and marketing. You also have the opportunity to engage in a cultural immersion experience through travel to Asia during a short-term study-abroad course or during a summer, semester, or academic year of study in Asia. You are also encouraged and assisted in fulfilling an internship requirement with a company or nonprofit organization that focuses on Asia.

Taking an Asian language is option for this support. Language courses may be taken at one of the language consortium schools. If taken, language credits may count as Asian Studies electives.

Asian Studies Support Beginning
Asian language 1
Asian Studies Support Intermediate
AS-200Introduction to Asian Studies3
or GLS-200 Introduction to Global Studies
Take two of the following:8
Take two of the following:
Chinese Civilization & Cultures
South Asia Civilization
Japan: Studies in Civilizations& Culture
Take 8 credits of Asian Studies electives (see IOL for options)
Asian Studies Support Advanced
Optional immersion experience 3
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Taking an Asian language is option for this support. Language courses may be taken at one of the language consortium schools. If taken, language credits may count as Asian Studies electives.

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Search on IOL.

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Asian Studies support students may take an optional immersion experience. This could be an Asian focused internship/practicum, or an Asian travel course, or study abroad in Asia. Contact the Asian studies program director for more information.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.