From Mandarin to Manga, find out why Asian studies is sure to enrich your life.

Why Asian Studies at Sewanee?

At Sewanee, you'll unpack the philosophical and religious roots of Asian cultures and learn about their enduring significance. You'll understand how Asian societies act, view the world, and communicate. From popular culture to economic activity, Asia's influence on the world is as vast as Asia itself.

As an Asian studies major, you’ll focus on the dynamic aspects of Asian influence. You’ll learn about customs and schools of thought—Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism—in conjunction with the vibrant culture of music, art, and textiles. Language study is also an integral part of the program. Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad in cities like Tokyo, Beijing, and Hanoi.

First Destinations: Asian studies majors

Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first jobs.

  • Operations specialist, Hyundai Glovis, Rutherford, New Jersey.
  • Design administrator, Kasai North America, Inc.
  • Language instructor, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Japan.
  • Flight attendant, American Airlines.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and preprofessional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.

  • M.A. in folklore studies, University of Oregon.
  • M.A. in Asian studies, Stanford University. 

A Sampling of Courses

Asian Studies

Program of Study

Requirements for the Major and the Minor in Asian Studies

Meet some professors


Scott Howard Wilson
Professor and Associate Dean for Global Education

Carnegie Hall 106, Ext. 1173

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