Asian Studies

From the terraced rice fields of China to the neon lights of Tokyo, from the tranquility of a Buddhist moss garden to the anxiety of life along Korea’s demilitarized zone, the Asian region never ceases to engage the inquisitive observer.

Asian Studies student abroad with colorfully dressed local street entertainers.In the 21st century, Asia has never played so crucial a role on the world stage, as the forces of globalization bind the world’s people together in new and unexpected ways. An Asian Studies major will lay the groundwork for a career – perhaps a lifetime – of specialized engagement with this captivating part of the world.

An Asian Studies major at Randolph-Macon College makes it possible to explore this multifaceted region in depth: language, popular culture, art, society, religion, economy, philosophy, and history are all facets of a core curriculum that leads students towards careers as journalists, public policy experts, government analysts, teachers, and so many more.

Majors are also enriched by a travel experience to Asia: will it be a J-term course in Kyoto, a semester in Hong Kong, or a summer session in Thailand or Taiwan? All are possible through the College’s J-Term travel courses; strong relationships with colleges such as Kansai Gaidai; and ISEP, which places accepted students in exchange programs all around the world.