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Asian Studies (B.A.)

B.A., Asian Studies

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What You'll Do

The study of a region has many aspects—from learning the language to studying the area’s art, geography, politics, and religion. As an Asian Studies major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll receive a comprehensive education that covers a range of topics relating to the world’s largest, most populous, and most diverse continent.

In this major, you’ll study an Asian language, choosing between Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hindi, and Korean. You’ll also choose classes from several departments to give you a broad perspective on Asian culture. Among the classes you may select are Art of Japan, Geography of East Asia, History of Modern China, Political Systems: Middle East, and Religions of India.

Because the Asian Studies major emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, it's recommended that you add a minor or a second major. You might want to consider such fields as Anthropology, Economics, Fine Arts, Geography, History, International Business, International Studies, Journalism, Political Science, or Religious Studies.

Students in this major are strongly encouraged to explore foreign educational options.  IUP has made arrangements for international exchange programs and study abroad opportunities at universities around the world.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies prepares you for employment opportunities in the federal government, business, journalism, and teaching. Some students follow a bachelor’s degree with graduate school. 

The global business environment offers a wide range of opportunities for those with this degree. Furthermore, chambers of commerce and governments at the local and state levels are increasingly seeking specialists in Asia. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be increased employment growth in federal jobs related to border and transportation security, public health, and information analysis.

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Special Features

  • Students may choose to live in Wallwork Hall, a living-learning residence hall with a global awareness theme and an Asian Studies cluster.
  • Nearly all Asian Studies majors study abroad. They've spent a summer, semester, or entire year in locations in China, Japan, Korea, Jordan, and other countries. 
  • A minor in Asian Studies is also offered.
  • The Asian Studies Club brings a broad range of speakers and performers to campus to introduce students to a wide array of cultural activities.