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What is Asian Studies?

Asian Studies focuses on the history, culture, and societies of Asia. It can include the study of the languages, societies, cultures, histories, economies, and politics of the countries and peoples of Asia. This is an interdisciplinary major, with a strong disciplinary core, for students who want a basic understanding of the background and contemporary aspect of East, Southeast, or South Asia.

What is Chinese?

The Chinese program provides students with an opportunity to concentrate on acquiring expertise in an important modern language and its culture. The program provides students with a strong working knowledge of the Chinese language and understanding of Chinese culture. It can help prepare students to live and work in Sinophone (a.k.a. Chinese-speaking) areas of the world as informed and capable individuals equipped with appropriate intercultural skills and awareness. A degree in Chinese also prepares students for graduate study in a variety of China-related fields.

What is Japanese?

The Japanese program provides students with an opportunity to concentrate on acquiring expertise in an important modern language and its culture. Giving students a strong working knowledge of the Japanese language and understanding of Japanese culture, the program can help prepare students for work in contexts where the language and culture are pertinent, to live and work in Japan as informed and capable individuals equipped with appropriate intercultural skills and awareness, or for graduate study in Japan-related fields.

Why study Asian Studies?

You might like these programs if:

  • you are interested in the languages, cultures, histories, or societies of one or more of the countries of Asia;
  • you want to live in China Japan, or another Asian country
  • you are curious about other parts of the world;
  • you want to think contextually about cultures, historical trends, social change, and political structures; and/or
  • you want to understand the history of the world as a group of systems and as a single system.

Potential Careers

Graduates may work in government service, domestic and foreign offices, or international agencies. Many go on to teach English abroad or do translation work. Employment may also be available with trade organizations, international banking houses, or U.S. companies abroad. Domestic and multinational companies are increasingly seeking employees with backgrounds in multicultural studies as a way of dealing with the global market.

Other career paths include

  • Government service
  • Domestic and foreign offices
  • International agencies
  • Public sector (diplomatic corps, armed forces, intelligence, etc.)
  • International law
  • Business (trade organizations, international banking houses, U.S. companies abroad)
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism
  • Travel and hospitality
  • Careers requiring foreign travel or living abroad in Asia
  • Language specialist (translating, interpreting, teaching)

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A degree in Asian Studies, Chinese, or Japanese can be the basis for graduate studies in international affairs programs, law, and the study of Asia in various disciplines.

  • Art history
  • Literature
  • History
  • Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Sociology