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
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.
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