Empower Yourself on a Global Scale

The Asian studies program at Muhlenberg College offers students the opportunity for multidisciplinary study of Asia, integrating the perspectives of fields across the humanities, social sciences, and arts. 

Asian countries and cultures play an increasingly influential role both in international affairs and in local North American communities. Through coursework and independent study at Muhlenberg, as well as through direct and active engagement with people and ideas from these regions via co-curricular activities and study abroad experiences, students gain a more nuanced understanding of the contributions of Asian cultures.

The Asian studies minor helps to inform professional endeavors in Asia or with Asian communities in fields such as finance, clinical work, business, and education. The program also empowers all its students with a knowledge about Asia to participate in the widening circles of global dialogue on issues of import to us all—intercultural and interfaith interaction, bilingualism, ethnic diversity, world social media, immigration, international resource management, climate change solutions, bioethics, and building civil society.

program highlights

Asian Studies at Muhlenberg College

“Vincent Who?” with Curtis Chin

asian studies events

Asian studies professors Purvi Parikh and Irene Chien hosted filmmaker Curtis Chin for a screening and Q&A on his award-winning film “Vincent Who?” Students engaged in conversation with Chin on the origins of the term ‘Asian American’ and on the state of anti-Asian hate activism in the US.

Of Life and Death

alumni perspective

A course on Tibetan Buddhism gave Monica Arora ’15 a new perspective on humanity in medicine. Religion studies alumni Jeremy Fuchs ’14 discusses its impact on her career.


Kammie Takahashi

Director of Asian Studies
Address Muhlenberg College Asian Studies Moyer 226 2400 Chew Street Allentown, PA 18104