Asian Studies

Asian Studies

The study of Asia at St. Olaf means delving into rich cultural traditions — both historic and contemporary. Focused primarily on East Asia, students have the opportunity to study four years of Japanese or Chinese language, a variety of interdisciplinary courses designed specifically for Asian Studies, and discipline-based courses set in Asia. A major in Chinese, Japanese or Asian Studies might include internships in Taiwan, China, or Japan; study abroad in China, Japan, Thailand, India, or Korea; and participation in Asia-related events on campus. Eighteen faculty members affiliated with the department teach and advise students on Asia-related study and experiences.


of our majors travel to Asian countries while at St. Olaf


Asian Conversations Program is unique to St. Olaf


Asia share of total Minnesota exports



Asian Conversations Program


Asian Conversations tackles the Great Wall during Interim

Language Houses

The Asian Studies Department sponsors two Language Houses which serve as venues for student activities related to Asia and for speaking Chinese and Japanese languages.

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Language Houses