Asian Studies

Given that most people on this planet live in Asia, if you want to make a difference in this world, it helps tremendously to understand Asian culture, politics and economies. Whether you’re interested in an international career, want to study the relationship between Asia and the U.S., or simply want a non-Western perspective, the Asian studies major is a practical choice that prepares you to lead the way.

What will I learn?

From the history of Muslim empires and Chinese philosophy to explorations of Bollywood and Japanese anime, our Asian studies classes have covered an exceptional range of topics. Here, you can choose your Asian language requirement, determine what region to study, then follow your interests in history, health, culture or nearly any topic. Of course, we also encourage students to take courses throughout the university, from anthropology to communication and other highly relevant areas.

What can I do outside of class?

Our students have traveled throughout India to see Diwali fireworks at a historic cultural site, made friends in Tokyo while improving their Japanese fluency, and had countless other life-changing experiences while exploring the world. You don’t have to study abroad in Asia, but we certainly encourage it and financially support our students through study abroad awards. 

Internships are another popular choice for many students, whether you’re looking for something in Buffalo (including international-focused institutions) or almost anywhere else in the world. Even without leaving campus, you’ll have opportunities to attend lectures and workshops and join student organizations with like-minded students. You may also be able to pursue research alongside faculty, exploring topics such as finance, linguistics, history and urban planning.

Study Abroad
Student Clubs

What can I do with an Asian studies degree?

Around the world, employers recognize the value of graduates who have a deep understanding of Asian languages, politics, economics, religion and other elements, and can help bring people together across different cultures.

Maybe you want to work in international business, management, finance, or for a non-governmental organization (NGO). Or perhaps a career in public service, diplomacy, academia or the arts fits better with your goals. As an Asian studies major, the direction you go is up to you, with career choices that include:

  • Customs and immigration.
  • Foreign service.
  • Government organizations and NGOs.
  • Human resources.
  • Interpreting and translation.
  • International business and sales.
  • Journalism and media.
  • Marketing.
  • Public health.
  • Social work.
  • Teaching (in the U.S. or abroad).
  • University professor.

Who will I learn from?

At UB, you can take classes with highly accomplished faculty who specialize in different countries and geographic regions of Asia, as well as a broad range of related topics, such as religion, literature, history and medicine, to name a few. These faculty have spent their professional careers immersed in studying Asian languages, cultures and more, and many of them strive to maintain strong ties to institutions in Asia. They are published authors, respected researchers, and dedicated teachers who are excited to share their insight and experience with the next generation of Asian studies scholars. As you get to know them (starting from your first semester here), they will be available for career advice, networking opportunities and much more.