As an Asian Studies major, you will engage in comprehensive and critical study of the cultural and linguistic development of the Asian world, both as a whole and as individual societies.
As an Asian Studies major, you will engage in comprehensive and critical study of the cultural and linguistic development of the Asian world, both as a whole and as individual societies. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree combines language instruction with courses about the history, literature, philosophy, religion, society, and politics of Asian cultures.
You may combine the B.A. in Asian Studies with a graduate degree in East Asian Studies, Business Administration, or Accounting to earn both graduate and undergraduate degrees in only five years of study.
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As an Asian Studies major, you 12 credits of Chinese (CHI), Japanese (JPN), or Korean (KOR) language courses. You may combine different languages, but must complete at least one course above level three in a language.
You will complete ASC 1300 and 2610 and satisfy your remaining credit requirements from among the following courses. Eligible juniors and seniors may also take graduate-level East Asian Studies or Chinese Studies courses with director approval.
As a major in Asian Studies, you develop an understanding in language learning, cultural and social competencies, historical and political developments, and economic and business trends. You also gain strong communication, writing, and intercultural skills.
You may pursue various career fields including history, international business, international correspondence, interpretation and translation, and education.
Historians research, analyze, interpret, and write about the past by studying historical documents and sources. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of historians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Correspondents and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts is projected to decline 10 percent from 2018 to 2028. Declining advertising revenue will have a negative impact on employment growth for these occupations.
Interpreters and translators typically need at least a bachelor’s degree; however, the most important requirement is native-level proficiency in English and at least one other language. Interpreters work in settings such as schools, hospitals, courtrooms, meeting rooms, and conference centers. Some work for translation and interpretation companies, individual organizations, or private clients. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 19 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Globalization and large increases in the number of non-English-speaking people in the United States will drive employment growth and job prospects should be best for those who have professional certification.
Employment of secondary school teachers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for high school teachers, but employment growth will vary by region. High school teachers are required to earn a master’s degree to continue in the field.
Similarly, employment of post-secondary teachers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Both part-time and full-time post-secondary teachers are included in this projection. However, professors are generally expected to earn both a master’s and doctoral degree in order to achieve tenure at a college or university.
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The combined Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) program in Asian Studies and Accounting offers highly-motivated students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study.
The combined Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Asian Studies and Business Administration offers highly-motivated students the opportunity to complete both undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study.
The combined Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) / Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Asian studies and East Asian studies offers highly-motivated students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study.
The Institute for Asian Studies was established in 1959. Our goal is to foster, facilitate, and enhance a global, multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual education at St John's University.
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The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in East Asian Studies at St. John’s offers you comprehensive and critical study of the historical, social, economic, political, and cultural developments of the Asian world.
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This advanced certificate program offers students who have already earned a Master of Arts in Theology or a related field opportunities for extended, specialized graduate study.
Theology is about learning how to explore and question the many beliefs people hold as self-evident. What does it mean to be human? How shall we live? What does it mean to believe in God (or not)? Why are there so many religions?
For highly-motivated students, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a combined Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Theology. The program allows you to complete your undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study, with internships available at the graduate level.
St. John's Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Theology combines the academic rigor of a world-class university with lively concern for informed and effective pastoral ministry in the twenty-first century Church.
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