The Asian Studies minor at Elon offers students an interdisciplinary program to study the art, history, geography, religion, languages, philosophy, politics, economics and and societies of this vast, diverse continent. Students also acquire a comparative context for their understanding of Asia in its relations with the US and other parts of the world. Asian Studies aims to provide students with a depth of knowledge and multiple critical perspectives with which to understand how these diverse locales have been and continue to be interwoven with the global.
What courses does Asian Studies Minor require?
The minor requires taking a total of 20 semester hours of Asian Studies electives. Courses must be chosen from at least two disciplines. Up to 12 semester hours of study-abroad credit may be counted with the approval of the program. Students can choose from a wide range of courses dealing with the culture and history of India, China and Japan, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, environmental issues in Southeast Asia, contemporary politics in India/Pakistan, Asian film and literature. They can study Chinese through the intermediate level at Elon and and can study other Asian languages through the consortium and study abroad. The university also offers a unique series of Winter Term, summer and semester abroad opportunitesabroad opportunities in India, China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore and Bhutan.
What Asian Studies courses will be offered at Elon this year?
Prior to pre-registration each semester, we always update the list of courses that will be taught in the coming semester on this page. If you have questions about what will be taught in future semesters, please contact Jewish Studies program coordinator Prof. Xiaolin Duan.
You can see a list of all of Elon's Asian Studies faculty here, and we keep updating this list as new faculty members joining us. They come from a wide range of colleges, departments and disciplines. Some of them offer Asian studies courses regularly, some occasionally, and many are willing to offer independent study/research that fits your personal interest.
Can I take Asian Studies courses abroad?
Yes! You can transfer up to 12 semester hours of study-abroad credit towards the Asian studies minor. Oppurtunities include winter study abraod course to Asia, semester-long study abroad program in Asia, and Asia-related courses in other study abroad campuses. Click here for more information.
To learn more about the Asian Studies program, you may contact the program coordinator, Xiaolin Duan.
The article appeared in June in The Dao Companion to Japanese Buddhist Philosophy, which compiled more than 30 of Japan and America's leading scholars of Japanese philosophy and philosophy of religion.
Allocco’s invited talk at the University of Helsinki is the last of five she has presented about her current project, "Domesticating the Dead: Invitation and Installation Rites in Tamil South India," this academic year.
The article by the associate professor of religious studies examines the iconographic innovations and textual claims of a modern Japanese Esoteric Buddhist group called Shinnyo-en.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies Pamela D. Winfield presented her research on Zen Buddhism at two international symposia in Asia this summer.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies Pamela Winfield was selected for roles with the Society for the Study of Japanese Religions (SSJR) and the American Academy of Religion.
Associate Professor Pamela Winfield recently responded to a book panel dedicated to her co-edited volume "Zen and Material Culture" at the ASIANetwork annual conference in Philadelphia.