Welcome to Asian Studies
With the dawn of the 21st Century, Asia has become the fastest growing continent on the globe. The rise of parts of Asia to economic prominence, along with its growing political, social and cultural influences on the world has prompted Americans to seek greater knowledge and understanding of Asia’s present realities and centuries-old traditions.
Asian Studies at Northeastern is an interdepartmental program that focuses on the histories, cultures, and politics of the most dynamic nation-states in East and South Asia, while also exploring their transnational interactions and their global diasporas, especially to the United States. In so doing, it encourages students to look carefully and critically at the complex ways that people in Asian countries have been involved with one another and with the rest of the world in both the past and the present.
Why Asian Studies
- Home of half the world’s population, Asia (particularly China, India and Japan) has assumed an increasingly important role in the world today.
- The U.S. sees its links with parts of Asia as critical to world stability and growth.
- The economic changes taking place in Asia today are dramatic, with China and Japan having the second and third largest economies in the world. At the same time India and some nation-states in Southeast Asia are undergoing profound economic transformations.
- Among the languages our government as classified as “critical”, most are Asian languages.
- Many fields of employment, including politics and diplomacy, international business, engineering, journalism, service industries, and the arts seek out candidates who possess a strong knowledge of Asia.
- Students with Asia-knowledge are well-prepared to become effective global citizens, to function in a global environment, and be able to cope with the global impact of the many changes taking place in this dynamic part of the world.