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The Furman Asian Studies department can prepare you for a variety of careers in this increasingly vital field. With three degree programs for students interested in China, Japan, and South Asia, we provide our students with one-on-one instruction, and a broad range of courses. Our program includes faculty from seven different academic departments, ensuring you'll understand how everything, from religion and politics to popular culture and history, plays a role in shaping life across Asia. Our students even have the opportunity to experience Asia through one of our faculty-led study away programs.

Founded on the central principles of the liberal arts, our program also allows you to pursue your wide-ranging interests and ideas. You’ll explore how Asia is connected to other disciplines, and see things from different perspectives. And by the time you graduate, you'll be able to examine complex problems from multiple angles.

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With three of the world's largest economies and more than half of the planet's population residing in Asia, an Asian Studies degree is in high demand. Our students have earned positions in education, government, and international business. But it’s not just language skills that prepare our students for the job market. At Furman, we teach you how to think critically, analyze problems, and communicate effectively. That’s why you’ll also find our students working in the United States as lawyers, nurses, human resource consultants, and more.

Experience Asia

Explore one of the world's most dynamic regionsfree of charge. When you decide to come to Furman, you'll have an opportunity to participate in our Japan Summer Experience programs. This study away program is exclusive to first-year students and occur before orientation. The ten-day trip is free, but students must commit to studying two semesters of Japanese and complete a First Year Seminar on Japan.

If you're not ready to see Asia before the first day of class, you'll have numerous opportunities to take a study away trip when you become a major in our department. Take a study away trip.


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