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Asian Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Berea, KY, United States
Although Berea College did not institute a formal academic program in Asian Studies until 1999, Berea’s connection with Asia has a long history.  As early as 1914, Berea’s mandate to “assert the kinship of all people” led to our campus hosting the Chinese-American activist Ng Poon Chew, who spoke against the Chinese Exclusion Act during his visit here.
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Francis S. Hutchins spent nearly twenty years in China prior to becoming Berea’s longest-serving president in 1939.  “Anyone who has roamed from his home country will have noticed the constant intermingling of ideas, culture, and goods from one nation to another,” President Hutchins declared in his inaugural address.  “Our curriculum must always be those cultural objects which will enable us to think, and understand the world in which we live.”  When Americans of Japanese descent were confined to “War Relocation Camps” in 1942, President Hutchins authorized the admission of Japanese-American students and the recruitment of Japanese-American staff, even though the local community opposed their presence.

Connections between Berea and Asia also have traveled from west to east.  In 1963, the Korean-American writer Induk Pahk was inspired to establish a school that she called “Berea in Korea,” now known as Induk University, in Seoul, South Korea.  Since 1988, Berea has participated in the sister region relationship between Madison County, Kentucky and the Yatsugatake region of Japan’s Yamanashi Prefecture, which brings Japanese visitors to Berea every spring and Bereans to Japan every autumn.  President John B. Stephenson’s friendship with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama resulted in an agreement to bring Tibetan students to Berea, leading to the first Tibetan Berea graduates in 1995.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of China
  • History of Japan 
  • Religions of China
  • Religions of Japan
  • Intro to Asian Cinema
  • Modern Imperialism
  • Kinshp/Gen SE Asia
  • Topics in Asian Art
  • Buddhism

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Complete the Berea College Application for Admission, which also serves as your Tuition Promise Scholarship application.
  • Schedule an appointment for your personal interview.
  • Complete and return two Freshman Evaluation and Endorsement Forms from a current/former teacher, principal, or other school administrator or community leader.
  • Complete and return the high school Counselor Evaluation Form
  • Complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA to determine your financial eligibility.
  • Complete your Financial Resource Questionnaire (FRQ) to determine your financial eligibility.
  • Send us your Official High School Transcript 
  • Send us your Official ACT or SAT scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25200 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    25200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25200 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Berea

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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