Asian and Pacific Studies
Asian and Pacific Studies, an interdisciplinary area studies program, provides a general background to the traditions and cultures of Asia and the Pacific as well as an understanding of contemporary issues relating to that region. Furthermore, given the present shift of interest to the Pacific region, it aims to deepen the student’s knowledge of Asia and the Pacific or of a country/area through a concentrated study in one academic discipline. This academic program, therefore, is intended to develop the student’s personal interest in Asian and Pacific affairs and to prepare her or him for Asia-related career opportunities. All students are encouraged to spend some time in Asia through the various programs available to them.
Asian and Pacific Studies Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will come to understand the culture of the Asia Pacific region and its contributions to human civilization, with special attention to distinctively Asian culture and spiritual traditions that originated in this region
- Students will enhance their competencies by doing original research on topics of concern in the Asia Pacific region, and communicate their findings in both written and oral presentations. Students will also acquire a basic knowledge and skill in an Asian language
- Students will have the opportunity to develop self-awareness by exploring interactively the relationships between their own cultures and those of the Asian Pacific region