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Global Asian Studies at Northeastern University

With the dawn of the 21st Century, Asia has become the fastest growing continent on the globe. Diverse and fascinating, the Asian societies are rising in economic prominence, and are exerting increasing political, social and cultural influence on the world.

Asian Studies has a long history at Northeastern. The Center for Asian Studies was originally founded in 1984, and the Asian Studies Program was later established in 2000. Now, Global Asian Studies at Northeastern is an interdepartmental program that focuses on the histories, cultures, and politics of the dynamic nation-states of East, Southeast and South Asia, while also exploring their transnational interactions and their global diasporas, especially to the United States. In so doing, it encourages students to look carefully and critically at the complex ways that people in Asian countries have been involved with one another and with the rest of the world in both the past and the present.

Why study Global Asian Studies at Northeastern?

Northeastern’s Global Asian Studies program offers two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Asian Studies, and a Minor in Global Asian Studies.  There are several things that distinguish Northeastern as an excellent place to study Asia:

  • There are more than thirty affiliated faculty affiliated with the Global Asian Studies program, studying East, Southeast, and South Asia from across the disciplines. Our faculty are actively engaged in cutting-edge research and have recently published books and journal articles on a range of topics related to history, politics, public policy, religion and ethics, urbanization, business, international relations, law, culture, and others.
  • Northeastern offers an unusual wealth of opportunities to study and work in Asia. In addition to a semester abroad opportunity at several universities in Asia, Northeastern students have gone on 4-6 week Dialogue of Civilization trips in recent years to China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Taiwan.  In addition, we are constantly seeking Co-op opportunities for students in Asia, and recent co-op postings have included China, Indonesia, and Cambodia.
  • The Global Asian Studies program is an active center for the study of Asia, offering frequent lectures, workshops, and other events on a range of topics.
  • There are numerous student organizations on campus that provide opportunities for students to be directly involved in Northeastern’s Asian and Asian-American communities.

The unprecedented, global pandemic of COVID-19 calls for more, not less, learning and engagement with the region.


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