Careers in Asian Studies

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Opportunities for careers using a degree in Asian Studies are as diverse as your interests. Your Asian Studies course work focus on languages, literature, cultures, religion, gender, international development, global health, political science, economics, communications, history, human rights, or philosophy will credential you for  careers in NGOs, international businesses, HR, media content development, foreign service, college/university administration, or any career requiring a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of communicating effectively across cultural contexts. Our AS degrees provide firm foundations for graduate degrees, including the JD, MBA, and MSW or MS, MA, and PhD in a variety of disciplines.

Our graduates now are now employed in international business, public service, academic administration, teaching, editing, and retail management. Several have continued on to professional schools in management, finance, diplomacy, and law. Others have completed graduate degrees, pursuing academic careers that introducing Asian Studies to new generations of students.

The Asian Studies major can be an important part of a Liberal Arts Bachelor’s degree. The critical thinking, communication, writing, and analytical skills you develop during your AS courses will serve you well in your future, regardless of where life takes you.

Alumni Career Stories

UB graduate Daniel Loebell posing in front of of the John Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies 10th Anniversary Ceremony poster.

Mr. Daniel Loebell, BA 2015 | UB Asian Studies Program | Written by: Daniel Loebell

Daniel Loebell is from New Britain, Connecticut. He graduated summa cum laude from the University at Buffalo in 2015 with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies. He spent the 2016-17 academic year in Nanjing, China as a certificate student of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC). In the program, he lived in the Center’s dormitory with his Chinese roommate. He took graduate-level courses in Chinese taught by Nanjing University faculty alongside Chinese classmates taking courses in English taught by international faculty.

He also had the chance to perform violin with the Nanjing University Symphony Orchestra as well as represent HNC in the China International Economic Trade and Arbitration Commission’s International Moot Competition. He cherishes the time spent working with his Chinese and American classmates as they completed assignments and held open discussions on political, social, legal, and economics issues. He also admires HNC’s international and domestic professors. They come from various backgrounds and bring their global experiences to the classroom. He also commends the Center’s Chinese and American co-directors as well as HNC’s career services counselor for their support throughout the year.

Daniel Loebell currently is the Outreach Coordinator for Yale-In-China, at Yale University in New Haven CT.