Asian Studies features an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the Asia-Pacific region’s fast-growing economies, rapid social change, environmental challenges, and rich cultural traditions. Students may specialize in international relations, religion, art history, economics or history. Asian Studies majors must study an East Asian language.
Professor of Asian Studies and History
Director of Asian Studies major
Asian Studies is one of the strongest majors at TUJ, and it plays to the strengths of our faculty.
If you believe that the passport to the future includes having good English language skills, computer skills, and critical thinking abilities, TUJ is a very attractive option. The Asian Studies major really prepares students for excellent careers in the Asia-Pacific region.
Our graduates go on to jobs in a variety of different fields, including the private business sector, international organizations, NGOs and journalism. And since Asia is clearly the future for Japan, keeping Japan’s relations with Asia strong is increasingly vital.
You won’t just be studying what’s in your textbooks, either. Working as an intern at an organization, for example, you’ll see firsthand what you’re learning in the classroom playing out in the real world. You’ll have access to a wide variety of internships in Tokyo, as well as great resources when you want to do a research project. If you need to investigate migration in Asia, for example, the offices of the UNHCR, the International Organization of Migration, and many Japanese NGOs are all located here. Being in Tokyo—Asia’s leading capital—puts enormous resources at your disposal.
U.S.A.: Lena Knue (Asian Studies)
Japan: Miina Yamada (Asian Studies)
Taiwan: Wei Chuan Chen (Asian Studies)
Graduated from San Pablo Colleges (high school) in Philippines
I found TUJ while living in Japan and searching for a global university. While studying at TUJ’s Academic English Program, I felt a warm welcome from teachers and staff. What I continue to like most about TUJ is its uniqueness – being able to study in Japan while also exploring opportunities at other Temple campuses.
Through the IUT [intra-university transfer] program, I was able to study at Main Campus in Philadelphia in fall 2011, and am planning to return there to graduate with a degree in Asian Studies. I would like to learn more about Asia, specifically Japan, as well as developing Asian countries and their relationships with developed countries such as the U.S., Japan and those in Europe.
What I learn about different kinds of people and how to interact with them will undoubtedly help me in my future career. Going forward, I plan to continue my studies and improve my English while also looking for a rewarding job, where I will have opportunities to meet people from around the world. I also plan on continuing with my volunteer work.
Two Foundation Courses (Select two from the following)
- Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context
- Geography of East and South Asia
- Introduction to East Asia: China
- Introduction to East Asia: Japan
Six Electives in Asian Studies (From at least three different subject areas)
East Asian Language (One of the following)
- Chinese Intermediate II
- Japanese Intermediate II
- Korean Intermediate II
One Writing-Intensive Elective (One of the following)
- Japanese Popular Culture and its Literature
- Introduction to Islam
- Asian Women in Transition
- Modern Japan: Empire, War, Society