Erik Esselstrom, Director
Associate Professor, Department of History
The UVM Asian Studies Program, one of nine areas of study within the Global and Regional Studies Program, is an interdisciplinary program composed of twenty-four faculty members in fourteen academic disciplines -- Art History, Anthropology, Chinese Language, Community Development, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, History, Linguistics, Japanese Language, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. The Asian Studies faculty is noted for excellence in both teaching and scholarship.
Major and minor academic concentrations in Asian Studies are available to undergraduate students. Several departments offer graduate programs as well. Students majoring in Asian Studies take courses on Asia in several academic disciplines and are encouraged to pursue language courses and study abroad opportunities. Students focusing on a geographic area in which UVM offers a full array of relevant language courses (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Arabic) all establish at least intermediate proficiency in the pertinent Asian Language.
Asian Studies faculty collaborate with community and student organizations to bring to campus intellectual and cultural events related to Asia, including speakers, films, music and dance performances, art exhibits, and culinary demonstrations.
The Asian Studies Program at UVM had another fabulous year of exciting campus events in 2013, and our students continued to enrich their understanding of the Asian world through study abroad adventures across the region. This latest edition of our program newsletter offers a colorful glimpse of these many terrific opportunities for learning about the cultures of the Asian world in the College of Arts and Sciences at UVM. Enjoy!
— Prof. Erik Esselstrom
Grace Stanford and friends visiting the Daibutsu in Kamakura, Spring 2012.
Senior Grace Stanford received the Claire M. Lintilhac Memorial Award for Excellence in Asian Studies at the 2013 College of Arts & Sciences Honors Day awards.