Asian Studies

The Asian Studies program offers an interdisciplinary major in Asian Studies where students can focus on Japan, China, Korea, or, with outside language study, a special major in Southeast Asian or South Asian Studies. Students who major in Asian Studies often complement their course work with a year or more of residence in Asia. Many students double major to combine a profession with their area of expertise. Majors find jobs in fields like business, journalism, government and education. Students may also go on to pursue graduate studies.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Understand the histories, societies, and cultures of this region.

  2. Enhance job prospects in Asia-related businesses or industries.

  3. Develop critical language skills and enhance your network of global contacts.

  4. Prepare yourself for a wide variety of future careers or further studies.

  5. Become an informed and engaged global citizen.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Asian Studies may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Asian Studies provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Non-governmental organizations

Law firms

Public interest groups

Civil rights organizations

Lobbying groups

Consulting firms

Research institutes

Print and broadcast media companies

Museums and galleries

Colleges and universities
Alumni Jobs

Executive recruiter

Legal assistant

Business account manager


Community manager

Tech support engineer
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
ASIA 350; First year of language related to chosen sub-region

2nd Year
Asian Region History (8 credits); 2nd year of a second language regional focus (4 credits)

3rd Year
Asian Region History (8 credits); 2nd year of a second language regional focus (4 credits)

4th Year
Reg Focus (4 creds); Reg Breadth (4 creds); Disc/Thm Focus (8 creds); Reg Elective (4 creds)

Major Credits
Required   4
Electives 44

Total 48

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

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Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Oral and written communication in English and a second Asian-based language

Critical thinking and analysis

Language tutoring and translating

Domestic and international advocacy

Policy development and analysis

International business

Public outreach and community relations
Experiential learning opportunities

Internships in Asia

Study abroad (including language studies in an Asian country)

Research internships

Fieldwork (often combined with internships or study abroad opportunities)
Specialized Courses

Topics in Southeast Asian Archaeology [Asian Studies]

Literature of Modern Taiwan [Chinese]

Geography of Globalization [Geography]

Food in World History [History]

Bollywood [International Studies]

Culture of Play [Japanese]

New Media in Asia [Journalism]

Medieval Japanese Buddhism [Religious Studies]
Add A Minor Or Certificate


Comics and Cartoon Studies

Computer Information Technology

Second Language Acquisition and Teaching [certificate]

East Asian Languages including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

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