Degree: Bachelor of the Arts
There's no question about the influence Asia has had on world history, as the birthplace of four major religions, written language, cartography and everything from gunpowder to paper.
Islamic Art and Architecture. Discourses on the Vietnam War. The Turbulent History of Modern Asia. You will select from these and some 70 other courses as you learn both social scientific and humanistic ways of viewing and analyzing the world. You also will develop your individual interests by concentrating on courses that explore a related theme, such as ancient Chinese civilizations, Japan or Asia as a global force.
You’ll learn from faculty from a variety of departments and programs, including anthropology, art history, economics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, music and political science. Our classes are small and promote an atmosphere of collaboration and persona exploration.
There is no better way to understand Asia and develop global citizenship than through intensive language and cultural immersion. The Asian Studies program works closely with the International Programs Office to offer full-term study abroad programs in China (Shanghai), Japan (Tohoku), Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as mini-terms in Bali, Cambodia, China (Tianjin) and India. Students are strongly encouraged to engage with Asian peoples and globa culture through such firsthand experience abroad.
Our students are well prepared for a world and marketplace in which knowledge about Asia is critical. As an Asian studies major, you will develop significant writing, language, critical thinking and research skills. Graduates of our program have gone on to advanced study and to careers in business, education, government service, journalism, law, the visual arts and other fields.
What some of our graduates are doing:
- Asia manager, Law Firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
- Associate, Trail Runner International, Shanghai
- Associate director, Student Data and Information Management, University of Virginia
- Candidate, MSc in development studies, SOAS University of London;
- China assistant training coordinator, University of Minnesota
- Executive officer, U.S. Marine Forces Reserve
- M.B.A. candidate, Columbia Business School
- Social studies teacher, Bethlehem Central Senior High School