Asian Studies students celebrate lunar new year

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 assesses the region’s complex history and future. By majoring in Asian Studies, you’ll be poised 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. You’re urged to use the city as a classroom—engaging directly with the school and the city’s 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 about it on Suffolk’s Asian studies blog, a regularly updated chronicle of student travels, studies, and work adventures here and abroad.