Potential Careers

Graduates with an Asian Studies minor can pursue a variety of professions or graduate studies programs. They can choose careers with the U.S. Government as Foreign Service Officers, or work for other governmental agencies, such as the CIA or Immigration and Naturalization Services. Students with an Asian Studies minor and language proficiency may also work in the private sector with businesses that focus on trade with Asia, or with multi-national corporations, while still others may pursue careers with non-governmental or non-profit agencies that focus on Asia. Some students go to Asia to teach English or work, and continue improving their language skills in order to prepare themselves for graduate studies in Asian Studies, Asian History, Asian Languages and Literatures, Anthropology, Geography, or International Affairs, to name a few.

The following is a list (by no means exhaustive) of possible careers for students with an Asian Studies minor. Please note, this list includes careers requiring differing degrees of education and training.

  • Translator
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • International Sales
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Interpreter
  • Bilingual Editor
  • Customs Inspector
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Journalist
  • Travel Consultant
  • International Business
  • ESL Teacher
  • Immigration Agent
  • International Trade Specialist
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Politician
  • Embassy Personnel
  • Market Research
  • Government Agent (i.e. FBI, DEA, Border Patrol)
  • Peace Corps Volunteer


    When it is possible, students with an Asian Studies minor are encouraged to pursue internships in their country or culture of interest. To see what kind of internships are available, go to the Center for Global Learning (CGL) website and choose Search for All Off-Campus Programs.

    The Career Center is another resource for internships and includes many that are not found in the CGL databases. In the past five years, the Career Center has helped students find internships in medicine, marketing, management, dentistry, crisis center intervention, and banking in a number of different Asian countries including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, China, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, and Indonesia.