Global Asias

Global Asias is a faculty collaborative for cross-disciplinary and trans-regional scholarship on Asia and its diasporas. Home to two-thirds of the world population, Asia sits at the center of key twenty-first century challenges, ranging from trade wars to nuclear proliferation, refugee crises to environmental disasters.  While the growing policy and academic emphasis on global processes and transnational relations challenges a traditional area studies model of scholarship, recent trends show nationalism and regionalism to be on the rise, due in part to globalization itself. Rutgers is home to a wide diversity of scholars actively engaging in research on Asia and its diasporas. Thus, we are uniquely positioned to take a leading role in reshaping conversations on the region.   

Language Engagement Project

Rutgers is one of the most linguistically diverse universities in the nation; so is New Jersey among states. With funding from the Chancellor Office Rutgers-New Brunswick, the Division of Humanities established the Language Engagement Project (LEP) to recognize the linguistic diversity at Rutgers. LEP embraces and nurtures this reality across our institution. It  takes innovative approaches to language learning, including a series of curricular initiatives (e.g., courses modules) and activities that integrate languages and cultures across the curriculum. Most recently, the LEP launched the Language and Social Justice Initiative that addresses linguistic diversity and issues of social justice in three focus areas: research, pedagogy, and community engagement.   

Humanities Plus: The 21st Century Learner

Humanities departments at Rutgers recently revised their offerings to meet the requirements of the Core Curriculum and created courses in entirely new or recalibrated categories: Byrne Family Seminars, Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars, and Language Engagement Courses.  These exciting curricular changes have asked faculty to focus on content. The Humanities Plus Initiative (HPI) asks faculty to turn their attention to the means by which students learn. To that end, HPI offers pedagogical grants in the form of research funds for all Humanities undergraduate courses of 3 credits or more, including Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars. Proposals that involve collaboration with or borrowing from disciplines beyond the Humanities are encouraged.