Asian Conversations (ASCON)

The goal of the Asian Conversations program is to provide students with an opportunity to incorporate an off-campus learning experience as well as language study into an extended discussion of the peoples and places that make up Asia. Asian Conversations is open to all students interested in studying Asia and Asian languages who are enrolled concurrently in at least second year Chinese or Japanese. Asian Conversations is a three-course sequence, which includes an Interim program in China and Japan.

Typical First Year Schedule

Fall
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Chinese or Japanese language course
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
Interim
  • GE/Elective
Spring
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Chinese or Japanese language course
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
Additional Information

Generally you apply for Asian Conversations in the spring of your first year at St. Olaf. You should sign up for Chinese or Japanese language during your first and second semesters. During your sophomore year you continue with language study (two Chinese or Japanese classes – 231/232 or higher) while also taking the three Asian Conversations courses (ASCON210, ASCON215, ASCON220).

CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS COURSEWORK/PLACEMENT
  • Not applicable.
Placement
  • Not applicable.
Informational Events

Nothing at this time.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Director, Asian Conversations – Hsiang-Lin Shih (shih@stolaf.edu)