Studies & Degrees in Asian Studies
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Asian Studies Study Programs
A degree in Asian studies provides a very good insight into Asian culture, languages, history, politics, economics, and business opportunities. This is not necessarily a degree to dictate your career, but it can definitely equip you with some invaluable skills and knowledge of the region, which could provide excellent job opportunities, or lead to further study in law, business, or medicine.
Gaining an understanding of the Asian region would mean you would also be able to speak a few languages, which is highly valued in the business, political, and educational world; it immediately gives you access to more sources of knowledge. Asian studies can also lead to being involved in international relations, museum studies, or tourism management. This is a degree that is definitely going to broaden horizons and open doors to a very wide range of options.
If you consider undertaking a degree in Asian studies, most probably you already have some connection to the region, or have a special aptitude towards its languages and culture. Curiosity, open-mindedness, and good communication skills are some of the qualities you might need, together with:
- Research and writing skills
- Ability to clearly express ideas and form concepts
- Respond well to work under pressure
- Analytical skills
When choosing a degree program in Asian studies, you should carefully consider your future career options. With this in mind, you can decide to either take it as a major, or as a minor degree, combining it with some other interesting option like international development, translation, business administration, tourism management, library science, or journalism.
You should also take into account the fact that most Asian Studies programs concentrate on a few countries, for instance China, India and Japan. A university that offers study abroad options to one or more of these countries, combined with an internship to gain an all-round experience of language, culture, political and business atmosphere would be the best choice for your future development. You can also consider undertaking volunteer work during summer brakes, as getting to know these countries from the inside will surely make a difference in your personal and professional growth.
As the program of Asian Studies is not highly specialized, career options are very wide and greatly depend on your interests, skills, and ambitions. As we discussed already, you can either proceed with a master’s degree in another subject, or consider some of the following job titles and professions:
Translator/Interpreter; Customs Officer; Immigration Program Officer; Advertising Copywriter; ESL Instructor; Conference/Event Planner; Call Center Agent; Tour and Travel Agent; Development Officer; Foreign Language Intelligence Analyst, and many others.
Prospective employers are Government Departments, Market Research Firms and Advertising Agencies; Museums and Historic Sites; Art Galleries; Social Service Agencies; Non-profit organizations; Multi-Cultural institutions; Financial institutions, etc.