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Asian Studies Minor

As a Whitworth Asian studies minor, you'll explore the political activity, social relations, religious traditions, philosophical schools and literatures of East Asian countries. The program's interdisciplinary approach enhances any course of study and prepares students to better understand the significant influence Asia has in the global marketplace of culture and economics. At the heart of this program is achieving competency in an Asian language.

Why minor in Asian studies at Whitworth? 

  • Develop intercultural competency. By approaching the study of Asia from several disciplines, you'll learn to engage with other cultures from diverse viewpoints.
  • Take advantage of study-abroad opportunities. Faculty-led programs are offered in Beijing, Shanghai, and other cities in China, Japan and Vietnam.
  • Learn from professors across disciplines who will inspire new interests in areas like language, literature and religion.
  • Be challenged. The rigorous and global curriculum will challenge you and prepare you for dynamic careers across fields.
  • Connect your faith or worldview to your learning. Through the exploration of beliefs and practices of other faith traditions, you'll gain better insight into your own.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our Asian studies grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Our Asian studies minors have gone on to successful careers in government service, teaching, research, law, nonprofit work and business, working abroad and in the U.S.

  • Michael Bouterse, director, Thrive Ministries (a multi-church, young-adult ministry), Gig Harbor, Wash.
  • David Greenwood, public markets research analyst, Verus, Seattle
  • Brittany Hoppe, project assistant, UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services), Beijing, China

Our recent Asian studies grads further their studies in top graduate programs at institutions including:

  • Shandong University
  • Georgetown University

Ask our faculty

Ask Associate Professor Clark

Associate Professor of History Anthony Clark specializes in late-imperial China and teaches courses such as History of Christianity in Asia and Cultural History of China & Japan.

Ask Todd

Associate Professor of Economics & Business Todd Friends teaches courses on international business and specializes in China and Southeast Asia.

Ask Patrick

Associate Professor of Political Science Patrick Van Inwegen teaches courses such as Contemporary China & Southeast Asia and Globalization in Southeast Asia.

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