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Whether you see yourself as an entrepreneur, a philosopher, or a professional involved in government or the arts, a working knowledge of Asian realities is essential in today's world. Whatever major you choose, the Asian studies minor allows you to tailor your course selection to explore Asian perspectives on the central questions of your field. Our distinguished program faculty will guide you as you develop a deep appreciation and understanding of the dynamics of Asian societies; their profound religious, philosophical, and artistic traditions; and the growing interdependence of East and West in a global economy.
Fairfield's Asian studies program focuses on a region that is home to half of the world's population but remains mysterious, exotic, and, above all, "inscrutable" to most people. The importance of Asia in the worlds political and economic system, and particularly its growing impact on the United States, demands a firm understanding of the history, cultures, politics, and economics of the Asian countries. No student, regardless of their chosen major or profession, will be unaffected by past, present, and future events and developments in Asia.
Fairfield's proximity to the vibrant Asian communities and cultural resources of New York City and New Haven make educational adventures available near campus, while faculty contacts provide access in setting up internships and research opportunities both locally and abroad. Existing study abroad programs between Fairfield and universities in Asia offer students the unparalleled experience of learning by living in Asia. In recent years, Asian Studies minors have applied successfully to The Beijing Center, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), and Sophia University for semester(s) of credited study. Summer programs are also available at the Beijing Center and Sophia University.
Asian Studies Program at Fairfield University
Office of Undergraduate Admission
P: (203) 254-4100
F: (203) 254-4199
Requirements & Curriculum
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Life After Fairfield
As you embark on a career path after graduation, the direction and distinction you gain as an Asian studies minor at Fairfield will enhance your professional opportunities over both the long and short term. Over the years, graduates of Fairfield's Asian studies program have been attractive candidates for employment in:
- Government agencies and nonprofit organizations engaged in international affairs.
Quite a few Fairfield graduates have gone to Asia as Fulbright Scholars, showing that Asia is full of opportunities. In addition, Asian studies provides advantages to those applying for graduate and professional study in many fields. Our Asian studies graduates have gone on to business, research, and teaching positions in:
- The Pacific Islands
Learn how Fairfield's Career Services can support your post-graduate goals, and how our tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.
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