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Asian Studies

Your coursework will give you a global perspective and the tools to understand the events and issues of the day through the lens of the societies you study. Supportive faculty will encourage you to study abroad in distinguished programs.


Jack Lyons '16 in Kyoto.

A student’s immersion on campus and abroad

Jack Lyons ’16 started studying Japanese language and culture in high school and even went abroad for a few weeks, during which he fell in love with the city of Kyoto. One reason he picked Hamilton College was that it enabled him to study abroad his junior year at the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Study. He's an Asian studies major with a focus on Japan.

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Alex Benkhart ’11 laces up after taking his shoes off to walk through a former samurai residence in the town of Kitsuki, Japan.
Alex Benkhart ’11 laces up after taking his shoes off to walk through a former samurai residence in the town of Kitsuki, Japan.

A Fulbright, Japan and a grad-school plan

Thanks to a Fulbright grant, Alex Benkhart ’11 spent his first year out of Hamilton College in Oita, Japan, studying the role of Internet forums in rural gay communities. “The Fulbright year was amazing. Not only did I get the opportunity to study something that is both important and really interesting, I also had a great year just being in Japan. I met a lot of people through research and interviews as well as by simply living in a small community,” says Benkhart, who majored in Asian and religious studies at Hamilton. He spent the post-Fulbright year teaching English, continuing his research and taking part in local LGBT groups. He still lives in Oita and teaches English to prekindergarten students and plans to attend grad school in development studies.

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