BA Asia Studies (East Asia)


Immerse yourself in the history of East Asia. Whether it's the Forbidden City of China or the mountain temples of Japan, study the histories of bustling cities in this region and gain insight into the culture today while also preparing for your future career.

Program Description

The BA program in Asia studies offers students the opportunity for in-depth study of East Asia, South Asia or Southeast Asia through a coherent concentration of academic study across a number of disciplines. The transdisciplinary approach provides students with a variety of intellectual tools that enable them to address contemporary political, social and cultural issues in Asia and apply their knowledge in various academic and practical settings.

The Asia studies degree program with a concentration on East Asia includes coursework on China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing a concurrent degree or second baccalaureate in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements. https://thecollege.asu.edu/concurrent-and-second-baccalaureate-degrees


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • 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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Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

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

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.



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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
  • diplomacy, trade and international organizations
  • food security
  • higher education
  • humanitarian service and philanthropy
  • intelligence
  • law and law enforcement
  • military studies
  • technology transfer
  • transportation and tourism

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: 4.9%
  • Median Salary*: $78,840
  Bright Outlook

Editor


  • Growth: -7.3%
  • Median Salary*: $63,400

Historian


  • Growth: 2.6%
  • Median Salary*: $63,100

Intelligence Officer


  • Growth: 1.1%
  • Median Salary*: $86,940

Lawyer


  • Growth: 4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $126,930

Military Officer


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:

Museum Exhibit Designer


  • Growth: 11.6%
  • Median Salary*: $45,710
  Bright Outlook

News Reporter


  • Growth: -11.2%
  • Median Salary*: $49,300

Politician


  • Growth: 6.2%
  • Median Salary*: $33,200
  Bright Outlook

Translator


  • Growth: 20.0%
  • Median Salary*: $52,330
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* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



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