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Enhancing Asian Studies: Asia In The Liberal Arts Curriculum

Enhancing Asian Studies: Asia in the Liberal Arts Curriculum
Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation

This project leverages the expertise and experience of ASIANetwork members to create a digital resource guide for Asian Studies programming and the inclusion of content about Asia and the Asian diaspora across the undergraduate curriculum. A related initiative in institutional consultancies has informed this project.  A seven-member AN Consultancy Group has administered the project, currently co-directed by Dr. Karil Kucera (St. Olaf College) and Dr. Kammie Takahashi (Muhlenberg College).



  • Program / department structures & tenure lines
  • Assessment
  • Recruiting faculty / making best use of existing faculty & resources
  • Team teaching, linked courses, cross-disciplinary cooperation
  • Faculty development
  • Recruiting students into Asian Studies courses
  • Strategic planning, budgeting
  • Starting new programs and initiatives


  • Major / Minor requirements
    • Sequencing courses (introductory through capstone)
  • Incorporating Asian Studies into general education curriculum
  • Incorporating Asian Studies into other disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs
  • Curriculum Resources
    • Syllabi bank
    • Annotated bibliography of commonly used Asian Studies textbooks
    • Teaching modules
  • Benchmarks & standards
    • Languages – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Developing learning outcomes in Asian Studies. AAC&U/LEAP (
  • Incorporating digital technologies / new media in the Asian Studies curriculum

Library and Support Services

  • Books, journals, multimedia, digital
  • Pedagogical initiatives

International Education

  • Institutional agreements, consortia, study-abroad providers, etc.
  • Scholarship opportunities for students studying abroad
  • Articulating the on-campus and study-abroad curriculum
  • Working with Admissions Offices / recruiting Asian students to the campus
  • Short-term, semester, and year-long programs

Internship and Career

  • Internships (credit-bearing and non-credit)
  • Non-profits / service opportunities
  • Professional development and career advice for students


  • Engaging alumni and donors
  • External funding / grant opportunities in Asian Studies
  • Organizational membership / support (ASIANetwork, AAS, etc.)


**Karil Kucera, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary and General Studies, St. Olaf College

*Kan Liang, Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities & Associate Professor of History, Seattle University

*Sherry Mou, Professor of Chinese & Director of Asian Studies, DePauw University

*Tinaz Pavri, Division Chair, Social Science and Humanities & Director, Asian Studies Program & Professor of Political Science, Spelman College

**Kammie Takahashi, Associate Professor of Religious Studies & Director of Asian Studies, Muhlenberg College

*Steven Udry, Professor of History & Director of Asian Studies,  Carthage College

*Scott Wilson, Associate Dean for Global Citizenship & Director of Asian Studies & Professor of Politics, The University of the South

*Ka Wong, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, St, Olaf College

* denotes former advisory team member
** denotes project director