The Asian Studies program is a collaborative offering of the Faculties of Communication and Culture, Humanities and Social Sciences. It includes a BA in East Asia, a minor/concentration in South Asian Studies and minors in East Asian Studies, Chinese and Japanese already offered through the Faculties of Communication and Culture and Humanities. This umbrella structure provides an institutional basis for the strengthening of interdisciplinary offerings in East Asia and for future developments of a similar nature in the areas of South Asia and the ASEAN nations.
The program is designed for students with an interdisciplinary interest in Asia. Career opportunities for graduates of this program exist in government departments, the diplomatic services or private corporations with business concerns in the area.
Students may wish to consider undertaking a double Major with a disciplinary subject such as Political Science or Philosophy, especially if they are contemplating proceeding to graduate work. Combinations with other interdisciplinary majors could well be considered also. As well, the East Asia Major may be combined with a Development Studies, Chinese or Japanese Minor; in no case, however, may the same course count towards both the Major and the Minor. See the relevant faculty sections of this Calendar for further information on these Minors. Disciplinary Minors should also be considered.