New Major Meets the Demands of the Pacific Century

  Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong

The 21st century is described as the Pacific Century – a century dominated, especially economically, by the rise of modern Asia-Pacific countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, India and Taiwan.  Recognizing this eastward turn, Dyson’s Department of History launched a new major - Global Asia Studies, a program designed for the study of Asian cultures, languages, histories and economies.

“In today’s global economy, the competitive advantage favors those with foreign language skills and knowledge of international cultures in addition to their own.  The breadth and depth of the Global Asia Studies program will equip our graduates with both,” said Dean of Dyson College Nira Herrmann. 

The program offers two tracks:  The Asian Languages and Cultures track and the Comparative Asian Studies track. The Asian Languages and Cultures track is geared toward students who wish to become bilingual specialists.  The Comparative Asian Studies is tailored to students who wish to pursue professional careers in government, multinational institutions or academic careers. 

The program is multidisciplinary and includes faculty from disciplines such as history, modern languages, literature, economics, and communication studies.  It is unique among Asian studies because it focuses on the interconnectedness of Asian cultures and their links to the rest of the world.

“Pace University has always been an innovator, and this exciting new program reflects Dyson College’s commitment to grow and evolve with the world around it,” said Global Asia Studies co-director Joseph T. Lee.