Asian Languages & Civilizations

Our faculty and students draw on a variety of disciplines to explore the histories and cultures of the peoples of Asia.

We study the languages, societies and cultures of major civilizations that stretch from the Arab World to Japan. Students expand their knowledge and challenge assumptions about this large and vital part of the world.

Congratulations Class of 2020

A graduation card congratulating the class of 2020 with the names of the faculty and staff of the Asian Languages department From all of us in the Asian Languages & Civilizations Department, congratulations to the Class of 2020 and very best wishes!

Jessie Berlingo, Fumiko Brown, Mohamed Hasan, Ikumi Kayama, Trent Maxey, Kozue Miyama, Sam Morse, George Qiao, Yael Rice, Monica Ringer, Tong Shen, Hitomi Sovjani, Wako Tawa, Xiaoping Teng, Tim Van Compernolle, Lei Ying

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“Congratulations! Please keep in touch and let us know where your journeys lead you.”  ~Trent Maxey

“Congratulations to our majors for all your many accomplishments. I hope the future sees all your wishes fulfilled.”  ~Timothy J. Van Compernolle

“Best wishes and we hope to see you back at Amherst soon.”  ~Sam Morse


Historical photo of Doshisha University students holding their school flag

Asian Studies Prizes

We award the Doshisha Asian Studies Prize for the best undergraduate honors thesis pertaining to Asia, and The Smith Prize for Japanese Studies.