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The Asian Studies undergraduate program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures provides the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). The B.A. program offers both introductory exposures to Asian societies as well as advanced specialized area studies. Asia is home to three of the world’s four largest populations, two of the world’s three largest economies, and many dynamic, fast-growing, developing nations. With China and Japan as the second and third largest economies, respectively, Asia is becoming an important region and demand students’ ongoing attention. The program is designed to support comprehension of the many dimensions of Asian societies and cultures, addressing historical, religious, social, cultural, and economic topics alongside domestic and international political dynamics in traditional, modern, and contemporary times. Asian languages courses are offered as well. The knowledge and training obtained from taking Asian studies courses allow students to be a global citizen as well as prepare for professional careers.
Asian Studies Undergraduate Program Goals
I. Academic Goals
- Students will acquire a solid foundation to understanding Asian counties including their history, geography, social life, religion, politics, language, literature, and culture.
- Students will achieve their Asian language skills to the ACTFL Intermediate-High level, the minimum requirement for teacher certification by the State of New Jersey Department of Education.
- Students will enhance their understanding of Asia through various research projects.
- Students will learn the essential tools for college life and beyond by participating in study abroad and various internship programs.
- Students will effectively use library, databases, and technology resources for the investigation of specific topics.
- Students will critically analyze and evaluate issues on Asia and the international society.
- Students will write and speak intelligently about ideas and arguments during presentations by utilizing the latest technological tools.
- Students will conduct research independently as well as collaboratively with other colleagues.
- Students will apply knowledge and skills responsible to civic, social and/or global issues.
II. Career Goals
- Depending on their specific career path, students majoring in Asian Studies will be well suited for the following:
- Students will attend graduate school in history, literature, international relations, political science, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, second language acquisition, MBA program, or related fields.
- Students will attend law school specializing in immigration law, intellectual property law, criminal law, corporate law, and other specialized disciplines.
- Students will work at various government agencies at the international, national, and local level.
- Students will work at K-12 educational institutions as an Asian language and/or world history teacher.
- Students will work at corporate companies in the U.S. and Asian countries.
- Students will teach English and American culture in Asian countries.
- Students will succeed in one’s professional pursuits and continue intellectual development beyond undergraduate study.