Asian Studies concentrators gain an understanding of the diversity of cultures in Asia through multiple disciplinary practices in the humanities, languages, and social sciences. They gain an in-depth understanding of Asia through language study, with opportunities to study in China, Japan, or India, and learn multidisciplinary approaches in courses in at least three disciplines, culminating in the senior project.

About the Major

Learning a major Asian language is part of the curriculum: Proficiency is critical not only for communicating across cultural lines but for gaining a more complete understanding of the region's identity and expression. Balancing liberal arts principles with innovative scholarship, courses stress the importance of Asia's cultural traditions as well as its modern social and political transformations.

Due to the smaller class sizes in the Japanese department, it’s incredibly easy to get close with the faculty. Professor Omori and Kamiya have been absolutely wonderful mentors to me during my time at Hamilton. They are both great professors, and I am truly glad that I got to get to know them so well in such a small amount of time.

Jack Lyons ’16 — Asian studies major with a Japanese focus

Hamilton's Asian Studies Program begins with the conviction that a real understanding of this immense human tapestry requires an interdisciplinary approach to the continent's cultures, languages and society. Students draw on the rich diversity of courses offered in a range of departments such as: anthropology, art history, East Asian languages and literatures, environmental studies, government, history and religious studies.

Careers After Hamilton

  • Data Assurance Specialist, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
  • Analyst/Linguist, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Vice President, Interaction Designer, Bank of America
  • Assistant Language Teacher, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
  • Trader, Pacific Asia, Ajc International
  • Curator for SE Asia, The British Museum
  • Assistant Editor, MTV Networks
  • Director East Asia & Pacific, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars
  • Senior Protection Officer, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Contact Information

Asian Studies Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4236 315-859-4390 asianstudies@hamilton.edu

Meet Our Faculty

A Sampling of Courses

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Performing Culture: Shamans, Tourists, and Cross-dressers 158F

Examination of performing arts across Asia from traditional theatre to contemporary pop culture, and how performance functions in society. Topics include shamanic rituals, "invented" traditions, tourism, cross-dressing, and other formations of sociocultural identities.

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Exploring Culture in the Great Cities of Asia 180

An interdisciplinary exploration of Asian cultures through cities in China, India and Japan from early times to the 20th century. Examines the history and geography of greater Asia; its diverse peoples and their philosophical and literary traditions; their religious and commercial practices; and their art.

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China, Japan, and Korea: Interconnected Histories, 1368 to the Present 181

Introduction to the histories of China, Japan, and Korea from the fall of the Mongol Empire to the present. It introduces the writing systems, languages, religions, classical traditions, and social political institutions throughout East Asia, and the transformative events in which their histories intersected. Readings include scholarly works, primary texts in translation, and non-textual sources.

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Senior Project 550F

Seminar in which concentrators develop individually-designed research projects in consultation with the instructor and one other member of the Asian Studies Program Committee. Students discuss their ongoing research with their peers throughout the semester, culminating in formal presentations of the final projects – usually written – which demonstrate mastery of the methods of the study of Asia in one or more discipline. Oral Presentations.

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