It’s not just curriculum—it’s culture. In studying Asian culture, we embark on an ancient journey through history and tradition. Then we learn how that tradition is applicable today. From Mandarin to Manga, see why Asian studies is sure to enrich your life.

Why Asian Studies at Sewanee?

At Sewanee, you’ll unpack the philosophical traditions of many Asian cultures and learn which modern practices stem from those traditions. Understand how Asian societies act, how they view the world, and how they communicate. From ritual practice to economic practice, the Asian influence on our world is as unbelievably vast as Asia itself.

As an Asian studies major, you’ll focus on the dynamic aspects of Asian influence. You’ll learn about customs and schools of thought—Taoism, Buddhism, symbolism, ethics—in conjunction with the vibrant culture of music, art, and textiles. Language study is also an integral part of the program. Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to study away in cities like Tokyo, Beijing, and Hanoi.

First Destinations: Asian studies majors

Sewanee graduates secure positions is a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others, are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first job.

  • Operations Specialist, Hyumdai Glovis, Rutherford, NJ.
  • Skip Tracer, Primeritus Financial Services, Nashville, TN.
  • Langauge Instructor, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Japan.

A Sampling of Courses

Meet some professors


Scott Howard Wilson
Professor and Associate Dean for Global Education

Carnegie Hall 106, Ext. 1173

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