Global Asia Studies, BA

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  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics

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Embark on an enriching 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 Chinatown in San Francisco, you'll study the impact of Asia across the globe in preparation for your future career.

This program's name has changed effective Fall 2024. The previous name was Asia Studies.

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 combined 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.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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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
  • translation and editing
  • 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:

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910

Financial Managers

  • Growth: 16%
  • Median Salary*: 139790
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 3.1%
  • Median Salary*: 64540

Intelligence Analysts

  • Growth: 1.5%
  • Median Salary*: 86280


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
  Bright Outlook

Military Officer Special and Tactical Operations Leaders, All Other

  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*: 0

Museum Technicians and Conservators

  • Growth: 9.9%
  • Median Salary*: 47270
  Bright Outlook

News Analysts, Reporters and Journalists

  • Growth: -3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 55960


  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: 48090

Interpreters and Translators

  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: 53640

* 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

Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultures they are studying through study abroad programs available throughout Asia. Students can deepen their understanding of Asian history and culture, and the heightened cultural competency, critical thinking and communication skills they acquire will enhance their resumes.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends these study abroad programs for students majoring in global Asia studies.

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