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Global Studies - Asia

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The Global Studies - Asia major is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of Asia, or a more in-depth understanding of East Asia or Southeast Asia. Asia comprises a vital region that stands at the forefront of dynamic changes in global politics and the world economy. As American and East Asian businesses expand their cooperation and trade, many employers seek to hire graduates with a solid background in East Asia. Southeast Asia also holds great strategic importance due to burgeoning economic trade with the United States, important sea lanes connecting the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and the region’s extensive ethnic and religious diversity. Indonesia has a larger Muslim population than any other country in the world. The Global Studies - Asia major critically examines these trends as well as the rich cultures, traditions, and societies of Asia.

Required Coursework

Global Studies - Asia students are required to study at least one Asian language for three years, or study one language for two years and another language for one year.  Majors are also required to study abroad or intern in Asia.  Students must consult with their advisor and the Office of Global Opportunities before committing to an internship or study abroad program. For a list of current program requirements, please visit the course catalog.

Not interested in a Global Studies major? Check out our certificate offerings, including the Asian Studies Certificate, East Asian Studies Certificate, or Southeast Asian Studies Certificate.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies can apply to the program through Undergraduate Admissions. The Center for International Studies does not currently have any selective or limited application requirements.

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Current Ohio University students who wish to change their major or add a second major can do so online.

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If you have questions about the program, please contact one of our faculty members.

Dr. Catherine Cutcher
Assistant Director
Global Studies Programs
Yamada International House 106
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 597-2756
Dr. Takaaki Suzuki
Director of Asian Studies Program
Professor of Political Science
Bentley Annex 231
Dr. Joshua Hill
Asian Studies Undergraduate Advisor
Associate Professor of Chinese History
Bentley Annex 413