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Asian Studies students enjoy expanded job opportunities, enhanced by a growing world economy and new political relationships. An impressive number of corporations and agencies operate branches worldwide as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea have become important in international trade. For students interested in studying Asia, there are generally three areas of study that can lead to an exciting and stimulating occupation:
- Students who are interested in the histories, languages, or ethnic studies of the Asian region can prepare themselves for a career in academia. An undergraduate degree in Asian Studies is a great stepping stone.
- Students who are interested in business will find that Asian Studies in combination with a degree in economics, finance, and administration can be a great asset for pursuing an international profession in today's globalized economy.
- Students who are interested in promoting peace, supporting prosperity, and protecting American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad might be interested in a rewarding career in Foreign Service with the US Department of State or working in an international agency dealing with Asia's culture and language.
Ultimately, many careers do not require a specific major; but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships and study abroad programs, responsible work experience, good grades, and involvement in college activities.