The interdisciplinary Asian studies program offers courses in seven academic disciplines: art, English, history and political science, management/economics, foreign languages, religious studies, and theatre arts. Successful completion of the Asian studies minor will appear on your official college transcript.
Asian studies students are strongly encouraged to study abroad during their sophomore, junior, or senior year. Through Nazareth’s Center for International Education, options include studying for a semester at Shandong Normal University in China. Nazareth also has a partnership with Osaka University in Japan, where the fall semester is September-February and the spring term is February-June.
You may also be able to combine study abroad with experiential learning, by lining up an internship while studying abroad.
Short-term options include a variety of trips to India.
Education: B.A., Oregon State University; M.A., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley; Ph.D., Syracuse University
Teaching and Research Interests:
My main areas of teaching are in the Hindu traditions, global Christianity, gender/politics and religion, and mysticism. The aspect of religion that most fascinates me is how religion and culture intertwine and inform one another. This has led me to explore religious practices typically thought to be "out of place," such as Christian pilgrimage and saint devotion in south India and Hindu temple worship in North America. My work has led me to the joys and challenges of comparison, a process that looms large in my courses, in my most recent book called Bringing the Sacred Down to Earth: Adventures in Comparative Religion, and in my recent adventures with Icelandic trance mediums and spirit healers.
"My experiences studying China and the East at Nazareth, coupled with the study abroad opportunity, made me stand out among other candidates as a strong contender for this position," said Jonathan "Jack" M. Thompson '15, a history major who got hired as a quality assurance & operations manager at RICA Surgical Products, Inc., near Chicago. Taking Asian studies courses at Nazareth enabled him to knowledgeably discuss Chinese manufacturing's role in the medical industry, and to bond with a company executive over their mutual experiences in China. "I'm very grateful that I was able to experience so much at Nazareth, especially when considering that my academic work has had an immediate impact on my future."