Asian Studies, BA
Political Science Minor
Andrew’s most formative experience at Northeastern has been his research. The research opportunities he encountered has shaped not only what his interests are at Northeastern, but what he plans to do beyond his time as an undergraduate.
Andrew grew up in Japan, and decided to pursue his undergraduate degree back in the U.S.
Andrew applied to Northeastern as a Business major. As his high school career came to a close, he became more interested in Japanese politics, history, and social issues.
When thinking about what truly engaged him, Andrew felt that Asian Studies and Political Science was a better fit and switched his major to Asian Studies.
Andrew connected with Professor Daniel Aldrich after meeting him at a presentation of his book at the institute for social sciences at Tokyo University.
From his first day of classes, Professor Aldrich encouraged and helped Andrew get involved in research projects.
During his first semester, Professor Aldrich paired Andrew with Tim Fraser, a PhD candidate in Political Science with strong interests in disaster resilience in Japan.
With Tim, Andrew collected biographical information on the committee members on all the reconstructional committees on municipal, prefectural, and national level.
Andrew joined the Japanese Student Association in 2019 and remains a member, allowing him to connect with like-minded students.
One of Andrew's favorite classes was on Chinese Film. They would spend a day discussing film theory and Chinese politics, then another watching well-curated art house films.
During the pandemic, Andrew was able to continue researching export bans of agricultural products from the Fukushima prefecture of Japan.
In Fall 2020, Andrew took East Asian Politics with Professor Aldrich, where he used the data collection and quantitative analysis skills he learned from earlier research projects in class.
He had another opportunity to work with Tim on a project looking at renewable energy policy in Chiba prefecture.
In Summer 2021, Andrew worked on an intergenerational research team with Professor Aldrich conducting comparative analysis between Boston and Japan's climate change policy.
Andrew completed his first co-op remotely during the pandemic with the nonprofit organization Safecast in Japan, doing immersive field research on Fukushima.
In Summer 2 2021, Andrew did an internship with the JICA Kyrgyzstan office on the regional economic development project "One Village One Product."
Andrew will join the NU Political Review journal as a writer in the upcoming academic year, writing on Japanese Politics and the Asia-Pacific.
Andrew plans on applying to graduate schools in both the U.S. and Japan, likely to International Public Policy or Political Science programs.
Andrew hopes to end up working in policy research or a government agency in Japan.
“Asian Studies is focused enough for you to be able to carve out your niche in the field, but interdisciplinary enough to give you a broad skill set.”
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- Originally a Cultural Anthropology major, Savita later became an English major with minors in Africana Studies and Writing Studies.
- Through the service-learning course, Boston in Literature, Savita volunteered with 826 Boston to tutor in English. She is now a service-learning teaching assistant.
- For her final project in Post-Colonial Women's Writers with Professor Aljoe, she researched Carnival and its cultural significance to Trinidad and Tobago.
- Inspired by Professor Aljoe, Savita joined the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, working on an exhibit about Caribbean Carnival and creating and gathering teaching materials.
- In 2020, she began a co-op with the Africana Studies program to learn more about the field of Black Studies.
- Savita wants to work to better her own community. In the future, she hopes to become a high school teacher or a college professor. ..
- Emerson wanted a contextualized Political Science degree, and applied to Northeastern specifically for the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) program.
- "Introduction to Economic Justice" with Professor Serena Parekh was one of Emerson's favorite courses, allowing her to study economic justice from a philosophical lens.
- Emerson was accepted by the Roosevelt Institute to do financialization research at Northeastern, examining economic priorities.
- Emerson also started a research thesis her freshman year to look at the link between modern dystopian literature and the the rise of female-led political movements.
- When Emerson found out about the HCL (History, Culture, and Law) major, she was immediately interested in adding the major to enhance her PPE studies.
- The Culture & Colonialism concentration allowed Emerson to double-credit and to develop the breadth of knowledge needed for someone who wants to work at the State Department.
- In January 2020, Emerson founded NU's Interdisciplinary Women's Collaborative (IWC) with the help of mentor and advisor Heather Hauck...
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- Charles chose to attend Northeastern because he was intrigued by the signature co-op program and wanted a curriculum that combined real-world experience without compromising thorough academic rigor.
- Initially an engineering student, Charles switched to a combined major in Economics and Mathematics to build upon his interest in economic and social justice work. He also has a minor in psychology.
- In his first year, Charles took Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South with Professor Shalanda Baker, which taught him to question systems as they exist, no matter how established.
- As part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Charles did community service, working on the Timebank team which helped him give back to Boston.
- For his first co-op, Charles split his time between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, like infrastructure and childcare.
- As Campaign Coordinator and Director of Northeastern’s Students Advancing Intersectional Dreams, Charles had spoken to people like Patrisse Cullors, Richie Reseda, Michelle Alexander, and Angela Davis.
- Over the summer of 2020, Charles was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign where he advocated for racial literacy courses and for a restorative and transformative justice center on campus...