Asian Studies Major & Minor

Please note that as of October 1, 2019 the Asian Studies major is no longer accepting applications for new student enrollment.

How did China become an economic powerhouse? How did Japan rise to technological prominence? What dynamics caused North Korea to become a nuclear threat? Asian countries possess unprecedented economic, technological, geopolitical, and military influence. This interdisciplinary major and minor assess the region’s complex history and future, preparing you for a career in economics, law, government, or international relations.

This immersive major weaves together coursework that explores every aspect of the Asian experience. You’ll become an expert in the evolution of Asia from ancient times to the modern day, told through economics, history, literature, philosophy, politics, and religion. You’ll also master at least one Asian language.

The experience transcends classroom work: Suffolk is also home to the world-class Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, which attracts distinguished intellectuals from around the world for lectures, film screenings, and discussions. The institute will play a dynamic part in your studies.

Global Perspective, Local Advantage

Boston is home to one of the fastest-growing Asian-American communities in the United States, and our campus is minutes from one of the country’s largest Chinatowns. Use the city as your extended classroom—engaging directly with its cultural groups on a volunteer, extracurricular, and academic basis. The Rosenberg Institute has affiliations with many of these urban groups, including:

  • The Asian Taskforce Against Domestic Violence
  • The Historical Society of New England
  • The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
  • The Primary Source educational and cultural nonprofit

Faculty will also work with you to design a study abroad program for your junior year. You’ll live and work in an Asian country and grow to understand the culture, history, language, and origins of its people. Sound exciting? Read Suffolk’s Asian studies blog for more about students' travels, research, and work adventures here and abroad.

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.