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Asian Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor

The Asian studies program offers an Asian studies minor whose initial core area is East Asia, due to the region's historical and contemporary significance. Although the program emphasizes China and Japan, students also study linkages between these two countries and other parts of East Asia (the Korean Peninsula, Mongolia and Taiwan), as well as connections between East Asia and other regions, such as Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and Oceania.

Related programs:
Gender Studies Latin American and Latino Studies Africana Studies


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Program Overview

Through course offerings focused on Asian histories, businesses, politics, economies, religions, cultures and languages, our Asian studies program seeks to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of Asia. The program design fosters familiarity with interdisciplinary approaches, cross-cultural interactions and global events.


The Asian studies faculty has a diverse variety of professors who teach different subjects including Asian studies,history,religious studiessociology, digital arts and communication and media studies.

Career Significance

The Asian studies program develops students' appreciation [*note the correction from the original "appreciations"] for other cultures and critical thinking skills so as to prepare them for a wide variety of careers related to Asia and the world. In combination with other majors and minors, potential career paths include (but are not limited to)Education

  • Education
  • Business
  • Non-profit work
  • Government

Please contact the program director, Leander Seah, PhD, at for further information.

Career Outlook

Opportunities for graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Biology cross multiple career paths including Clinical Research, Environmental and Climate Science, Health and Medical Research and Clinical Laboratory Technicians. More than 65% of all positions listed require a Bachelor’s degree and nearly half, 49% of positions ask for 0-to-2 years of experience.

Source: Burning Glass Technologies 2019.

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