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Asian Studies / East Asian Studies, Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts

Institute for Asian Studies


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.

Department Contact

Hung-Yi Erik Shen
Associate Director, Institute for Asian Studies
St. John's Hall 116
[email protected]

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Please see the requirement chart for the academic progression criteria in this combined degree program.

Current St. John’s University undergraduates interested in applying to a combined degree program or pathway should consult the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies and their undergraduate academic Dean.

Career Outcomes

In today’s global market, professionals with cross-cultural knowledge and bilingual skills are in high demand. With knowledge of the history, culture, and languages of Asia, you will be ready to enter just about any field. From business and law to education and the arts, special opportunities are available to those with comprehensive and critical understanding of the world’s fastest-growing region.

Our graduates have gone on to further study in doctoral and advanced professional programs both in the United States and abroad. They have also landed jobs in such diverse fields as business, administration, education, libraries, and health care. Positions held by our alumni include: professors at American, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean universities; secondary education teachers in both America and China; writers; artists; librarians; military officers; government officials; investment bankers; newspaper reporters and television anchors; travel agents; entrepreneurs; and accountants.