Over the past century, Asia has become a forerunner both economically and politically. A major in Asian studies prepares students for a world that is increasingly influenced by Asian policy and culture.


Calvin is the only Christian college in North America to offer a comprehensive Asian studies program.

Take advantage of these exciting program features:

  • explore the history, religion philosophy, art, language and culture of China, Japan and Korea
  • spend a semester abroad or find a grant-funded summer internship in China, Japan or Korea
  • use your Asian language skills to apply for jobs in education, international business and non-profit work

Careers in Asian Studies

  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Ambassador
  • International businessperson
  • Anthropologist
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Join International Student Association Committee; Participate in Middle East Club; Become part of Asian Club; Help out with Rangeela.

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Off-campus semester programs in places like Ghana, England, China and Hungary.
off-campus interim courses offered each January.
students who studied off-campus in 2013.


New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.

For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».


Daniel Bays

Daniel Bays
Professor Emeritus
Department of History

Larry Herzberg

Larry Herzberg
Associate Professor of Asian Languages
Department of Chinese
HH 458
(616) 526-6363

Eun Lee

Eun Lee
Teaching Staff
Department of German
HH 422
(616) 526-7540

Diane Obenchain

Diane Obenchain
HL 377
(616) 526-8669

Kaori Schau

Kaori Schau
Assistant Professor
Department of German
HH 460
(616) 526-7708

Wayne Ten Harmsel

Wayne Ten Harmsel
Assistant Professor

Yoshiko Tsuda

Yoshiko Tsuda
Department of German
HH 417
(616) 526-8623

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Larry Herzberg Larry Herzberg
Department Chair
Department of Asian Studies
HH 458
(616) 526-6363


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