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Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary major which allows students to focus on a particular area of interest in Asian Studies while gaining an overall knowledge of the area.

With increasing globalization, Asia's political, economic, and social roles have become increasingly important to the world and to the United States. In the United States our knowledge of the area lags far behind our need for understanding. Not only is there a need for greater knowledge of the Asian in our contemporary world, but also a better acquaintance with the region's century old traditions. These traditions give us a fresh perspective on the diversity and genius of human achievement and are indispensable keys to understanding modern China, Japan, and the entire Asian region. This major is will be particularly valuable to those who wish to pursue careers in International Business and/or International Politics. California, living on the Pacific Rim, makes knowledge of Asia an area imperative study for those who want to be successful in business and international relations.

Students studying Asian art, music and/or literature will also find this to be a valueable major for gaining the historical and political knowledge necessary to pursue their areas of interest. UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, and San Jose State University all offer programs in Asian Studies.

Contact Information
Asian Studies Department
Chair: Dr. Rory O'Brien
Phone: 831.479.6227
Location: Room 434 D
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