Department of Asian Studies

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The Asian Studies program provides an opportunity for an undergraduate education at the BA level. The program brings together highly qualified faculty and interested students from different departments of the university. Corporations need employees who understand Asia and its rapidly developing economy. The program draws on multiple disciplines to prepare students with a variety of goals for a rewarding career.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Asian Studies - East Asian concentration
  • BA in Asian Studies - South Asian concentration
  • BA in Asian Studies - Chinese Language Track
  • BA in Asian Studies - Japanese Language Track
  • Minor in Asian Studies

A comprehensive interdisciplinary program, Asian Studies provides a foundation for careers and for graduate studies, preparing citizens for a world in which Asia plays an increasingly central role. Students acquire working competence in Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Korean, or another approved Asian language.

Asian Studies-BA 

 

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Asian Studies Program is to offer a BA degree, Minors, and a wide variety of courses giving undergraduates the opportunity to learn about the arts, cultures, economies, geography, history, languages, politics, and societies of Asia.  A comprehensive interdisciplinary program, Asian Studies provides a foundation for careers and for graduate studies, preparing individuals to be citizens of a world in which Asia plays an increasingly central role. The Asian Studies program is integral to the University's mission to internationalize the curriculum and strives to enable students to develop cultural and linguistic proficiency. William Paterson’s Asian Studies program has impressive strengths in China, Japan, and South Asia. An independent program housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, working closely with the Department of Languages & Cultures, Asian Studies benefits from faculty expertise in programs and departments throughout the University. 

 

Asian Studies - Student Learning Outcomes 

  1.  Show general familiarity with the histories, societies, cultures, literatures, and geography of Asia in general and of a specific geographic and cultural sub-region of Asia, either East Asia (including China, Japan, and Korea) or South Asia (including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka). 
  2. Identify and analyze controversial global issues related to Asian philosophy, values, and political systems and to critically analyze, in discussion and writing, these issues by employing both Asian and Western frames of reference. 
  3.  Apply knowledge of the variety of human experience and of Asian cultures to expand their understanding of the human condition and enrich our own life experience.  

 

Asian Studies - Goals 

  1. Students acquire broad knowledge of Asian civilizations and specialized knowledge, breadth and depth in the study of a particular region: East Asia or South Asia. 
  2. Students acquire the ability to integrate historical, cultural, political, economic, and geographic information through a broad exposure to multiple disciplinary perspectives on the region. 
  3. Students develop a broad understanding of the impact that Asia, in its many diverse manifestations, has had and is having on the U.S. and the world.