Asian Studies


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Asian studies students examine a broad perspective of culture, religion, politics, economics, and history. The diverse and wide range of classes covers China, Japan, Korea, and the Middle East. Students can spend a semester or more at various universities in Asia, including Mary Baldwin’s sister school, Doshisha Women’s College in Kyoto, Japan.

Why Asian Studies at Mary Baldwin University?

Asia is by far the most important area of the world for U.S. affairs and for students preparing for most professional careers (professor, government work, international business, journalism, etc.) Students, especially those studying oversees, profit greatly by having a background in Asia.

Mary Baldwin maintains excellent ties with three Japanese universities. Students can take advantage of this opportunity.



Amy Sims Miller

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and International Student Advisor; BA, Wesleyan University;...
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Students Give Back Through Social Work Program

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Tracy “Lolita” Burks Healy ’87

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Jessica Gatewood ’00

After earning a BA in biopsychology at Mary Baldwin and a master’s degree at the University of Richmond, Jessica Gatewood was working as a biochemistry research assistant at the University of Virginia when she reached a turning point in her professional life. Instead...
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Monique Burgess ’14

College life was not a passive experience for Burgess. Her influential roles on campus included peer mentor, resident assistant, Anointed Voices of Praise Gospel Choir singer, and member of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa — applying her...
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