Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree Overview
The Asian Studies Institute manages the Asian Studies program. The program offers a B.A. degree in Asian Studies. The degree is awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences. The program is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive and systematic education in Asian affairs. Emphasis is placed on language, culture, political science, economics, history, and geography, as well as business environment and other related areas. In addition to taking these Asian Studies courses, students may participate in activities including seminars and study abroad programs in Asia.
Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree Highlights
The University of Toledo has established exchange relationships with many Asian institutes. Each year, our faculty members visit Asia, while scholars from China, India, Japan, Korea and other Asian countries visit our institute.
Students who major in Asian Studies find job opportunities in teaching, academic, international business, government service, nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, consulting for global companies, and the arts. Some pursue graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines and enter Asia-related academic careers. Demand is expected to be increasingly high over the next century.
Sample Job Titles
Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level
*high school teacher
*foreign student advisor
*university administrator and staff
*international business consultant
*international relations specialist
*cultural affairs officer
With some more education/experience
*market research specialist
*U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (Tim Geithner)
Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
This program is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive and systematic training in Asian affairs for a liberal education and career preparation. Emphasis is placed on political science, economics, history, geography, etc. In addition to academic courses, activities in the Institute for Asian Studies conducted through the Center for International Studies and Programs include lectures, seminars, and study abroad programs in Asia as well as selected exchanges in the region.
In addition to the general education requirements of the University of Toledo and the College of Arts and Sciences, students will take 30 hours in Asian Studies selected from the list of courses below. Students must select courses from a minimum of three different departments; no more than 15 hours of course work from one department will count toward the Asian Studies major. With the approval of the adviser, a maximum of six elective hours may be chosen from independent study courses offered by various departments. This general distributive pattern is designed to encourage the student to examine the various aspects of Asian Studies. Asian Studies majors are encouraged to take Japanese, (or Chinese or other Asian languages, if offered) for their foreign language requirement.
In addition to the 30 hours in the major, students are required to take 18 hours in related courses in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and business chosen in consultation with the adviser. Under special circumstances, certain courses in other colleges may be used to satisfy the related requirement.