Academics at the Mansfield Center

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The Mansfield Center is committed to helping students achieve a better understanding of Asia and ethics in public affairs while meeting the University of Montana’s academic needs and desire to offer a truly global education.

Classes and Majors:

Faculty affiliated with the Mansfield Center teach courses on Asian history, culture, politics, current affairs, ethics, public policy, and other key issues under the MANS course code.  Most Mansfield courses have a small student-to-teacher ratio, providing valuable one-on-one time with instructors, and take place in the beautiful Mansfield Center conference room with its state-of-the-art video-teleconferencing system.  Check the University of Montana's banner course search tool for information on individual semesters or read the full list of all Mansfield Center classes.

The Center also works with an array of campus units to coordinate the East Asian Studies program.  This program offers a Bachelor of Arts and encompasses a rich variety of courses, allowing students to build a program around their interests and desired field of study.

Flags from China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea and Vietnam

Internship Program:

Chris Friemund stands grinning in a field with Southeast Asian Participants

Students from a variety of majors and backgrounds can gain academic credit and international experience while studying in Missoula through the Mansfield Center Internship Program.  The Center currently offers internships in social media and international research and provides students with the option to work with staff members to design internships in their own field of study.  Some internships also offer compensation for work study or non-work study applicants. 

Study Abroad:

A young woman smiles at the camera as she stands on a bridge across a river in a Vietnamese jungle.

Study abroad is an integral part of global education for both high school and university students.  The Mansfield Center is pleased to offer the opportunity to study abroad to students across Montana as well as offering a variety of programs for foreign students interested in studying in the United States.  The Mansfield Center's annual Vietnam Program studies climate change impacts in the Mekong Delta. Recently the Mansfield Center was also the recipient of a KAKEHASHI Program grant to send University of Montana students to Japan. 


The Center holds seminars, workshops, and institutes for Montana teachers and is a partner in the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia.