Asian Studies

Interdisciplinary Major
Bachelor of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences

A growing demand exists for Americans to become more familiar with Asia in business, journalism, government, education, information technology, culture and service. In the age of global economy and satellite communication, the Asian nations have become America’s close partners in multinational business, diplomacy, and cultural exchange. This most populated region of the world has developed some of the world’s fastest and most productive economies.

Career Opportunities

Asian Studies graduates are employed in industry and government agencies, as well as secondary, post-secondary education. A student with an interdisciplinary major in Asian Studies has a competitive edge for employment and promotion in private industry, government and non-profit sectors. Study abroad and internship programs in Asia have been very important for students interested in pursuing graduate studies or job opportunities in Asia and with Asian companies and organizations in the US.


BGSU is one of the few Ohio universities that offers an Asian Studies major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students gain a broad knowledge of the culture and societies of East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia; an in-depth knowledge of one Asian country; and basic conversational and reading skills of an Asian language.

Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours from an approved list of core and elective courses. The core courses are designed to introduce students to the social sciences and humanities and to provide them with a global outlook of the world and Asia. The elective courses provide students with in-depth knowledge of Asia and analytical and practical skills of selected disciplines.

Asian Studies majors must complete two years or the equivalent level in another Asian language. At BGSU Japanese and Chinese are currently offered. Upon completion of the program, students have a broad interdisciplinary, international, and comparative perspective on Asia and the United States and a functional ability in an Asian language that will enrich their professional and personal lives.

Special Features

Students have the opportunity to study in Asia as an exchange student at Nanzan University, Saitama University, Kobe College or Hiroshima Jogakuin University in Japan, Yonsei University or Sookmyung Women’s University in Korea, or Shandong University or Xi’an International Studies in China. Students may apply for international travel grants from the University’s International Programs and Partnership to offset the travel expense. Students may participate in summer programs in Asia across the university and earn credits toward the BGSU degree.

Students can also participate in business internship programs and earn up to 12 credit hours while working. Students participating in the exchange and internship programs enjoy the rare experiences of studying, living, traveling, and working in Asia without delaying the completion of the degree program.

Student and Outreach Organizations

The Japanese Club, the Chinese Club and the Korean Club are active student organizations that value diversity and fellowship among students who study Asia and exchange ideas for mutual respect and understanding between Americans and Asians.

Asian Studies Forums features special lectures on Asia by guest speakers, faculty, and students who share their knowledge and interest of Asia on a variety of subjects.

Asian Studies sponsors the U.S.-Japan Business Dinner Meetings to promote fellowship, business opportunities, and cultural exchanges. It is an outreach program for local business executives from Japanese and American companies in Ohio and Michigan.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Asian Studies Program awards the following scholarships to students every year:

Dr. Kiyo Kitahara Scholarship for Asian Studies is given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the study of Asia.
Dr. Hiroko Nakamoto Scholarship for Japanese Studies recognizes a student who has displayed excellence in the study of Japan.
Mr. and Mrs. Seiko McCann Scholarship recognizes a student who has promoted American-Japanese friendship.
Christina Merrick Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student in the study of Japanese language.
Fujiya Kawashima Scholarship for Asian Studies is awarded to a student who has demonstrated excellence in Asian Studies.
Akiko Kawano Jones Study Abroad Scholarship is given to provide support to students who participate in the Japanese Study Abroad experiences.
Senior Thesis Awards are given to the students whose final papers submitted for the capstone course of Asian Studies are judged as the top three.

Preparation for College

There is no specific high school preparation for enrollment in Asian Studies. Previous knowledge of an Asian language is not required, but students who have studied a foreign language have an advantage. Strong interest in the social sciences and humanities and a good background in English composition, social studies, computer use, and mathematics are desirable.

For Further Information

Internet Access

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The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Asian Studies, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: