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Asian Studies

Seeking to expand awareness and understanding of the people and cultures of Asia among the members of the John Carroll University and the wider communities.

The Asian Studies program serves as a focal point for academic courses leading to an interdisciplinary major or minor in Asian Studies. Students are encouraged to participate in short-term, semester, or year-long study abroad programs in China, Japan, or other Asian countries.

The Asian Studies program also brings greater international awareness to the campus and community by sponsoring guest lectures, cultural performances, high school outreach, and special events related to Asia.

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Virtual Summit to Highlight Student Research

JCU's departments of Art History and Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures have teamed up with Chinese language teachers from Cleveland area high schools to present a virtual summit on Chinese History and Culture. The event highlights the work of students from St. Ignatius High School, Walsh Jesuit High School, Hawken Upper School, and John Carroll University. Student presentations focus on such topics as: emperors, terracotta warriors, Buddhist caves, landscape painting, and gardens. Please join us on Saturday, November 14, from 2:00-4:00pm. Visit the website below to obtain the Zoom link and passcode.

Programs of Study

The Asian Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program designed to expand awareness and understanding of the people and cultures of Asia. Students may choose a major or minor in AS, often in conjunction with a second major in another field.

Undergraduate

Major

Asian Studies majors work toward a goal of second-year language proficiency in an Asian language, and are all encouraged to participate in short-term, semester, or year-long study abroad programs in China or Japan.

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Minor

Students in any major may pursue the Asian Studies minor in order to deepen their understanding of this important world region.

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Program Highlights

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Blaise Sypen named 2020 Schuchert Award Winner

The 2020 recipient of the Fr. Richard J. Schuchert, S.J., Prize for outstanding achievement in East Asian Studies is Blaise Sypen.

Sypen is a double major in Integrated Marketing Communication and East Asian Studies, with a minor in History. He spent five months in 2019 studying at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.

Sypen has earned Dean's List honors for all seven of his semesters at John Carroll.

Watch our video tribute to Blaise here.

Saluting the Class of 2020 East Asian Studies

Congratulations to Our East Asian Studies Graduates

Wishing 2020's graduating class of East Asian Studies majors and minors much success! Their diverse experiences at JCU have prepared them to confidently meet careers and academic pursuits in a multicultural world. Please join us in celebrating the Class of 2020.

News & Events

June 17

Adriana Nelson ’19 Receives Fulbright Fellows Grant

May 10

Mitsui Distinguished Lecture Series