The Global Asia Studies major is a 36-credit double-track multidisciplinary program. Students follow either an Asian languages and cultures track or a Comparative Asian studies track. This program advances a cross-cultural understanding of Asia and the world and develops competent bilingual area specialists and professionals for graduate school, for government and international organizations, or for employment in a globalized economy.
The BA in Global Asia Studies offers a wide array of classroom experiences. Along with stimulating lectures and seminars, students will encounter small-group intensive language studies, supervised independent research assignments, as well as technology-based instructions. One signature specialty of this program includes many interdisciplinary film-centered courses that provide a unique opportunity to view and study rare Asian feature films and documentaries.
In addition, the program gives students the opportunity to participate in diversified curriculum activities to gain bilingual knowledge, work experience and skills, and the professional networks needed to succeed in today’s competitive job market. The program works closely with Pace’s History department, Office of International Programs and Services, and Confucius Institute to develop regular exchange programs with universities in China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, offering students many ways to spend a semester or a year abroad.
The program involves full-time faculty members from various academic disciplines such as History, Modern Languages, Literature, Economics, and Communication Studies. The breadth and depth of different disciplines and faculty expertise will provide a well-integrated academic structure for students to study a rich array of Asia-related topics.
Independent Student-Faculty Research
Independent research in Global Asia Studies allows students to work closely with faculty on student designed topics or on current faculty research projects. Similar to internships, independent research is a valuable part of the education, providing experience critical to future employment and graduate work. Students in our program have presented papers at regional and national scholarly conferences and have published articles on such topics as “Korean War Brides,” “Wikileaks on US-China Rivalries over Taiwan,” and “Russian-Chinese Border Relations.”
Career Opportunities and Preparation
Students who major in Global Asia Studies will find numerous opportunities awaiting them in global business, international law, government, medical science, higher education, and cultural and technological exchange. Recent graduates were awarded fellowships to pursue their graduate education in China, South Korea, and Taiwan. Recent graduates have been awarded fellowships to pursue their graduate education in China, South Korea, and Taiwan.
The Global Asia Studies program helps students attain internships in New York City’s Asian cultural institutions to combine academic knowledge with practical experience. Students leave their internships with new connections in the community, professional skill sets, and a deepened understanding of diasporic Asian cultures.