Home to almost 60% of the earth’s population, Asia has recently assumed much more prominence in global affairs. The interdisciplinary Asian Studies minor allows students to develop a well-rounded understanding of this fast-growing and influential part of the world. This five-course minor includes course options in the English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Politics and Theology departments.
I minored in Asian Studies because I think learning about other cultures and histories is very important in the current global market. The Asian Studies minor was also a good way to reflect on my own American culture and beliefs. I was able to connect Asian Studies to Chemistry through my research. I researched the chemical and cultural backgrounds of two ancient Chinese pigments (studying how they would have been made in ancient China, who may have made them, synthesizing the pigments myself, and analyzing them using spectroscopy). This was very interesting to me, and a good break from the "standard" chemistry classes. It has also inspired me to try and do something similar in the future.
Laura Kalns '17
Chemistry Major with Asian Studies Minor