If you are interested in the language, culture and arts of Asia, Truman's interdisciplinary Asian Studies Minor pairs well with any major. If you're intrigued by the arts, sciences, languages, religions and cultures of Asia, discover what the world looks like to the 60% of humans who live there.
Pursue Your Own Path
Depending on your particular area of interest, you can choose from three options:
Learn By Doing
You can learn Chinese or Japanese and study abroad in China or Japan. Or engage with India, playing with henna, learning ragas, and sticking with English (one of the sub-continent's many official languages). Explore the impact that Asian cultures have had on Americans, including the achievements of Americans with Asian ancestry. Or join up with some of the most open-minded and curious people you'll ever meet in the Society for Sino-American Studies. Whatever your interest, there's a place for you here in our lively community of learners.
We Help You Succeed
At Truman, you benefit from the small classes and personal attention only available at a small undergraduate institution. You'll enjoy research opportunities that are more difficult to come by at a larger institution. Your classes are taught by professors — not graduate students — and our 16:1 faculty-to-student ratio insures you'll receive the personal attention you need when you need it.
Discover New Connections
At Truman, we know that all fields of study are connected in complicated and fascinating ways. Asian Studies is one of fifteen interdisciplinary studies programs available for you to explore the new possibilities that open up when two or more fields overlap. Our interdisciplinary studies major even allows you to custom-design your own field of study.
Asian Studies Minor Committee
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