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Asian Studies

The Field

Asian Studies focuses on the history, politics and culture unique to Asian countries and examines how that influences the global community through international relations, cultural exchange and economics. 

To succeed in Asian Studies, students should be passionate about learning about other peoples and cultures. Strong verbal and written communication skills are also important.

The Asian Studies Program at Skyline College

The Asian Studies Program offers students the framework to explore the politics and culture of Asian countries from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program is composed of a basic core of courses from a variety of disciplines that provide a common framework that focuses on the languages, cultures, political economy and commerce of Asia, aiming to provide students with a broad foundation of knowledge that will influence and inform their future careers.

Skyline College offers an Associate Degree in Asian Studies: Language, Commerce and Culture for students looking to transfer to a four-year institution, and two Certificates of Achievement, one in Asian Studies: Language, Commerce and Culture and the other in Chinese Studies.

Students enrolled in the Asian Studies program have the option to participate in the Study Abroad Program in China where students will gain valuable first-hand experience through value-added education that will assist them in making the transition from the classroom to the real world in a bilingual and multicultural environment.

Career Outlook

A degree in International Studies provides a broad base of knowledge that can be applied to a wide range of careers including teaching, government service, business administration, law, communications, journalism, finance, and more, especially in relation to international relations with Asia. The demand for jobs and the pay for these careers varies widely across the nation and the State of California.

The State of California Employment Development Department provides an online Occupational Guide that provides helpful job descriptions, job outlooks and wages, and qualification requirements for a wide variety of careers. Use this guide to find more information about a career that may interest you.