As an intern for the Indiana House Democratic Caucus, Inna Cuntapay grew motivated to champion greater Asian American involvement in all facets of U.S. government.
The Asian Studies major combines the study of an Asian language (Chinese or Japanese) and non-language courses in literature, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, and art history. Asian countries account for more than half the world’s population while Asia’s strong economic growth trends, ensures that Asian people, culture, and business will become an increasingly important world influence. Asian Studies brings together an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students devoted to the study of China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.
Upon completion of the program, students majoring in Asian Studies may choose to enter a field directly or indirectly-related to their studies. Possible careers include:
- Government Profession
- Non-profit/NGO Sector Employment
- Domestic or Global Business/Management Position
- Teacher/Foreign Language Teacher
- Graduate or Professional School
All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.
Asian Studies majors develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:
- A global/cultural awareness of the social and political relationships that shape the world.
- Understanding of Asian cultures and countries.
- Ability to work well with diverse groups of people.
- Aptitude at translating messages simultaneously into specified languages, maintaining message, content, context, and style as much as possible.
- Experience reading written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewriting material into specified languages.
- Ability to plan, execute, and disseminate research findings from different vantage points.
Cultural Studies majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to: