Interdisciplinary Studies Offers Georgia's only Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies


KENNESAW, Ga. (Mar 15, 2016) — The Interdisciplinary Studies Department is excited to announce  the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Asian Studies will begin enrolling for the first time in Fall 2016.

The only program of its kind in the University System of Georgia, the BA in Asian studies allows students who major in Asian Studies to concentrate in Asian Cultures; Asian History and Politics; Asian Business; or Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Students enrolled in this program will also achieve an intermediate proficiency of an Asian language of their choice.

Professor May Gao, of Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Coordinator of the Asian Studies program, led efforts to design this program. Professor Gao and colleagues are also responsible for organizing the globally recognized Symposium on Asia-USA Opportunities (SAUPO), which will be held on April 22nd, 2016 in Atlanta. 

This unique program will situate KSU students as competitive players in global business, communication, education, and politics. The curriculum includes 123 credit hours of interdisciplinary courses, beginning in the lower division with Chinese, Japanese or Korean language and culture; research methods; and three electives from among nine academic subjects. Upper division courses include a comprehensive course on understanding Asia; a choice of history courses focused on ancient to pre-modern China, modern China and Japan or modern India and South Asia; intercultural communication; business courses; and a study abroad and/or internship. Students will also choose four courses in their area of concentration, as well as one course from each of the other three concentrations.