The Asian Studies program at the University of Tennessee provides students the opportunity for intensive study of pre-modern and modern Asian civilizations. The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Asian Studies combines language study with work in art history, geography, history, literature, political science, and/or religious studies. Majors focus on one of four geographical-cultural areas: China, Islamic World, Japan or South and Southeast Asia. Resources for this program are provided by several departments: Art, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, Political Science, Religious Studies., as well as occasional special topics courses in other areas.
The growing cultural and economic influence of Asia globally makes expertise in this area increasingly important. The Asian Studies program can lead to government careers in international relations, foreign service, immigration and naturalization service and the United Nations as well as careers in the private sector. Asian Studies majors may pursue advanced degrees to hone their language skills, teach at the college or university level, practice law, etc.