Abhishek S. Amar specializes in the archaeological history of South Asian religions.
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.
I chose Hamilton because I had heard that it has a great emphasis on writing, which I have always been interested in and wanted to improve on. I have always wanted to become a better writer because it will be a crucial skill for any career path I choose to take.
Codi Reynolds ’17 — Asian studies and comparative literature major
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
Exploring Cultures in Asia 180
History of South and East Asian cultures beginning in ancient times, emphasizing both their commonalities and distinctive features in comparative context. Critical examination of structural hierarchies that have shaped Asian societies, focusing on ritual and kingship, the spread and transformation of Buddhism throughout Asia, Islamization of South Asia, gender, and the formation of empire. Students read secondary and primary sources, including selections from epic traditions, ritual and mythic sources, and literary texts.View All Courses
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, which demonstrate mastery of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Asia. Oral Presentations.View All Courses
The Research Goal: Illuminate Links Between Two Cultures
Doing Deals with Communities in Mind
As an undergraduate Kadaicia-Loi Dunkley ’15 majored in Asian studies to explore her family’s Chinese and Jamaican culture, and she was inspired by her family again to pursue a career in finance and real estate. Dunkley is earning a master’s degree in business administration at Columbia Business School.