Find your path to understanding the critical and dynamic region that is Asia.

Why Asian Studies at Sewanee?

At Sewanee, you'll find a range of opportunities to explore Asia, through its rich history, art, religion, and politics, as well as gaining cultural understanding through language studies and the exploration of the dynamics of Asian business and governments. From popular culture to economic activity, Asia's influence on the world is as vast as Asia itself. Living in the Asian Century, at a time when Asian nations are expected to play a central role in our world due to their fast-growing economies and youthful demographics, Asian Studies at Sewanee will help you to understand the diverse histories of the continent, while exploring the current significance, and future promise of this critical region.

As an Asian studies major, you'll focus on the dynamic aspects of Asian culture and influence. You'll learn about customs and schools of thought-Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shinto-in conjunction with vibrant music, art, and textiles. Through interdisciplinary coursework, you'll engage with the complexities of politics, business, and the environment, thinking about regional and global systems in context. 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, Taipei, Seoul, Bangalore, New Delhi, 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' employment.

  • Operations specialist, Hyundai Glovis, Rutherford, New Jersey.
  • IT Project Coordinator, NHK International.
  • Design administrator, Kasai North America, Inc.
  • Language instructor, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Japan.
  • Legislative assistant, United States Senate.

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. 

Check our program Instagram page @sewaneeasianstudies for updates on current events on campus and around the world. 

A Sampling of Courses

Asian Studies

Program of Study

Requirements for the Major and the Minor in Asian Studies

Meet some professors


Alison Miller 

Associate Professor of Art History, Chair of Asian Studies Department
Gailor Hall 121, Ext. 1922

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