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    Mali Keyes
    The Asian Studies department at Belmont is like a family, full of people eager to learn. We learn about a wide range across a wide range of topics, from languages to culture and religion, appreciating the beauty behind all it. Within my first semester of college, I got to know the faculty so well, and could tell I would be well cared for. There are so many amazing opportunities to get involved within this program, as the faculty truly wants us to do our best. I'm so proud to be a part of the Asian Studies community and cannot wait to see it continue to grow.


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Studying and gaining understanding of the history, language, culture, economy and politics of Asia can not only provide an enlightening perspective on a fascinating region of the world –it can also prepare you for countless rewarding career opportunities. Belmont’s Asian Studies major or minor integrates many different academic disciplines and perspectives into a holistic sense of Asian culture and society. With many different courses and experiences available on campus and through a robust Study Abroad program, students are able to focus on both the modern and traditional history and literature of Asian cultures and societies, contemporary Asian politics, economic links between Asia and the rest of the world, and global philosophical, ethical and religious issues.

Pursuing Asian Studies will change the way you see the world as well as how you imagine your role in it. Consider this:

  • Asia comprises 60% of the world's population.
  • The world’s second (China) and third (Japan) leading economies are in Asia.
  • Asian nations will be in the vanguard of economic, political and especially technological changes in the coming decades. This has profound implications for U.S. trade and foreign policies.
  • Asia is the source for some of the world's most significant and long-lasting philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas. 

Graduates with the major or minor in Asian Studies will be prepared to pursue many diverse careers in an era of globalization, such as international business, government service, education and research. Through Belmont's Office of Study Abroad (OSA) and other exchange and direct enroll partners, Asian Studies majors and minors have a variety of options to explore Asia, as well as pursue foreign language study, through full immersion in the culture.


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