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Asian Studies

Asian Studies

Asia is the world’s largest, most populous, and culturally diverse continent. Its area spans from Japan in the Far East to Turkey and Arabia in the West, from Siberia in the North to Indonesia in the South, and encompasses all territories in between. The Asian studies interdisciplinary program provides students with the opportunity to learn broadly about this vital and dynamic region of the world. The program offers a major and a minor, and is synergistic with other academic majors. The curriculum covers classical and contemporary global issues from across the region and from perspectives in humanities and social sciences, including history, religion, philosophy, language, literature, film and cultural studies, economics, and political science. Asian studies majors attain a basic competency in Asian language(s), and develop important analytical and disciplinary skills for independent research. The Asian studies program provides a solid foundation for graduate study as well as careers in fields such as government service, international business, banking, marketing, travel services, law, education, and journalism. Upon completion of the Asian studies major, students will be able to

  • describe and analyze competently Asian cultures and societies in terms of religious, philosophical, historical, economic, and political perspectives
  • demonstrate basic proficiency in an Asian language (or languages)
  • design and complete independent research that contributes disciplinary understanding to Asian studies

For more information contact:

Daniel Coyle, Program Coordinator
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road / Box 549013
Birmingham, Alabama 35254-9021
Office Phone: (205) 226-7839