Global Asia Studies, BA

Embark on an enriching educational journey as you delve into the multifaceted aspects of Asia and Asian cultures as expressed around the world. Whether it's the Taj Mahal of India or China Town in San Francisco, you can study the realm and cultures of Asia and also learn about the impact of Asia across the globe in preparation for your future career.

Program Description

The BA program in global Asia studies offers students an in-depth and comprehensive study of Asia --- China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, India and other countries --- through a number of different disciplines wrapped up into a coherent plan of academic study. The program provides students with a variety of intellectual tools that enable them to address languages, religions and cultures, artistic traditions, political and social issues, and global networks of Asia as well as diasporic experiences of Asians, and to apply that knowledge in many academic and professional settings.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

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Career Outlook

People knowledgeable about Asia are required in virtually every arena in which the U.S. interacts with the rest of the world, including:

  • communication and journalism
  • environmental studies
  • government services and diplomacy
  • higher education
  • international business
  • natural resource management
  • popular art and culture
  • supply chain management
  • transportation and tourism
  • translation and editing

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Cultural Studies Professor

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: $80,910
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: -4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $73,080


  • Growth: 3.1%
  • Median Salary*: $64,540

Intelligence Officer

  • Growth: 1.5%
  • Median Salary*: $86,280


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: $135,740
  Bright Outlook

Military Officer

  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*: $0

Museum Exhibit Designer

  • Growth: 9.9%
  • Median Salary*: $47,270
  Bright Outlook

News Reporter

  • Growth: -3.3%
  • Median Salary*: $55,960


  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: $48,090


  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: $53,640
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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