Asian Studies

Contact Information

Margo Kleinfeld
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
Phone: (262) 472-1087
Location: Upham Hall 113

Asian Studies

The Asian Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the study of Asia and embraces a range of approaches and topics. Asian Studies include the study of history, geography, culture, anthropology, language, politics, sociology, economics, literature and religion.


The College of Letters and Sciences is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.


The primary career goal of the Asian Studies program is to provide students interested in either international careers or graduate/ professional training in international affairs with the proper foundation. The globalization of the world economy and the dominance of multinational corporations make the program especially attractive. Students who minor in Asian Studies often find careers in:

  • International business, including overseas postings and the tourism industry
  • Law, especially international law and international business law.
  • Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.
  • Journalism in international politics or current affairs.
  • Foreign language instruction or translation.
  • Education, including teaching English in an Asian country


Asian Studies graduates have found employment in a variety of local and international governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses, local and international. Others have gone on to graduate or professional schools.


Faculty in geography, political science, history, anthropology, philosophy, religious studies, economics, and languages and literatures teach courses in Asian Studies. A student in the minor is exposed to a range of viewpoints from many areas of knowledge. Lists of faculty may be found in the UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Catalog.


Preparation for the degree should begin in high school with an emphasis on strong communication and analytical skills. Students are encouraged to begin foreign language training at the high school level and to take advantage of opportunities to experience different cultures.


Many students who minor in Asian Studies take advantage of travel study and study abroad programs that are available through UW-Whitewater and the University of Wisconsin System. Study abroad is encouraged, and every attempt is made to integrate courses taken abroad into the student's program at UW-Whitewater.


The Asian Studies program at UW-Whitewater supports several student organizations including the Anime & Japanese Culture Society and Japanese Language & Culture Club.


College of Letters & Sciences
Laurentide Hall 4100
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

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Faculty/Staff Contact

Office of the Dean
Rebecca Reichert
Phone: (262) 472-1621

Student Contact

Advising Office
Phone: (262) 472-1550

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