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asian studies

Why Study Asia?

Why choose a major or minor in Asian Studies?

The Asian Studies major or minor integrates many different academic disciplines and perspectives into a holistic sense of Asian culture and society. It will change the way you see the world as well as how you imagine your role in it.

Consider this:

  • Asia is a dominant force, comprising 57% of the world's population.
  • China and India are the first and second most populous nations in the world.
  • More than half of US global trade is with countries of Asia (as well as over 70% of the US trade deficit!). 
  • The world’s second (China) and third (Japan) leading economies are in Asia.
  • Asian nations will be in the vanguard of economic, political, and especially technological changes in the coming decades. This has profound implications for U.S. trade and foreign policies.
  • Asia is the source for some of the world's most significant and long-lasting philosophical, religious, and spiritual ideas.
  • 'Asia literacy' provides students with a familiarity and expertise in dealing with Asian societies, languages, political systems, businesses/economies, and cultures.
  • Asia is a source for some of the most interesting cuisine, film, anime, music, and art in our time. You can eat Asian cuisine, see Asian films, attend events / museums / lectures on Asia, dance to Asian pop music, and even travel and live there — all in the interest of your major or minor!