Belmont University - ASDP/ARC Profile


Institution Name:
Belmont University 
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212

Ronnie Littlejohn
Department of Philosophy

Brief Institutional Description: A comprehensive university grounded in liberal arts, Belmont enrolls 7,500 students. It is the third largest private college or university in Tennessee and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence as a teaching university. In addition to undergraduate degrees in approximately 80 undergraduate major areas of study, the university offers master's degrees in accountancy, business administration, education, English, music, nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

Highest Degree Offered: Doctor's Degree 
Institutional Control: Private nonprofit 
Academic Calendar: Semester 
Campus Size: 72 Acres 
Setting: Located within a major urban area Nashville, Tennessee 
Regional Airport: Nashville International Airport (BNA)

Asian/International Stage of Development: Belmont faculty members are engaged in an initiative to increase the breadth and depth of the use of materials related to China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and India in their undergraduate courses This initiative began in January 1999 and it has led both to an increase in the scholarly knowledge of participating faculty members and in their awareness of pedagogical resources available for teaching about Asia. Currently Chinese language instruction is offered through the third year.

A principal goal of the effort is to create revised courses that reflect both more concentrated and better conceived work in Asian Studies. The initiative is creating a cohort of faculty who are undertaking interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary innovation of Belmont's curriculum at both the general education and discipline specific levels.

This work is consistent with Belmont's role as an institution that includes cross-cultural expertise as one of its primary expectations for faculty and students alike.


Recent/Planned Activities: 

See Belmont University's Asian Studies brochure.

Primary Faculty Resources: 

Marty Bell

Asian Religions/ Buddhism


Margaret Monteverde

Chinese Literature

Cynthia Bisson

East Asian History


Kimiyo Murata-Soraci

East Asian Studies/ Japanese Lang

Judy Bullington

East Asian Art & Architecture


Jeff Overby

International Business

Dennis Chen

International Business/ China


John Paine

Japanese Literature

Howard Cochran

Chinese Economics


Daniel Schafer

Central Asian History

Don Cusic

Music Business in Asia/ Japan


Stephen Shin

Korean Culture/ Sports Adm

Andrew  Davis

Aisan Philosophy/ Buddhism


Andrew Siao

Chinese Lang

Pete Giordano

Cross-cultural Psychology/ China


Andi Stepnick

Comparative Sociology

Ernest Heard

Director of Libraries


Andrea Stover

Japanese Literature

Qingjun Li

East Asian Studies/ Chinese lang


Jonathan Thorndike

Honors/ Japanese Literature

Ronnie Littlejohn

Asian & Comparative Philosophy


Marieta Velikova

Japanese Economics

Marcia McDonald

Chinese Literature


Sehyun Yoo

International Finance/ Korea

Study Abroad in Asia

Short-Term Summer Programs. Belmont faculty travel lead travel study trips of 3 to 4 weeks duration durings the Maymester and Summer terms to China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Tibet. Faculty and countries visited vary each year.

Semester and Year Long Programs.

Hong Kong Baptist University. Hong Kong Baptist University has around 6,600 seudetns studying as full-time undergraduates. English is the medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching, apart from Chinese-related subjects.

Lingnan University, Hong Kong. As the only liberal arts university in Hong Kong, Lingnan University has 2,700 students. Most classes are taught in English and Cantonese is the city language. Students have the option of taking Mandarin Chinese classes.

Seinan Gakuin University. With an enrollment of 8,000, SGU is a Christian university in Fukuoka, Japan. It is consistently ranked as one of the leading private universities in the country. Its long-established exchange program accepts international students from partner institutions around the world. All courses except Japanese language are taught in English.

Sogang University. Located in the heart of Seoul, Korea, Sogang University was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1960 and it is now one of the most prestigious universities in Korea.  Although the main medium of instruction is Korean, many courses are offered in English. Exchange students may also register free of charge in Korean language courses offered by Sogang's Korean Language Education Center.

Tokyo Christian University is a Direct Enroll program and is the premier evangelical university in Japan. It is the only evangelical institution accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education. Students enroll at the East Asia Institute (EAI) at TCU. All courses are taught in English, but Japanese language study is required.

Zhengzhou University. Located in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, People's Republic of China, it is the flagship public university of the province with over 46,000 students. Courses are taught in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English, depending on the department of study. Zhengzhou is an ideal place to improve your Chinese language.