New Graduate Degree in Asian Studies at Georgetown
July 14, 2011 – Students interested in gaining a broader understanding of Asian Studies will have a new option in fall 2012 when Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service launches its new Master of Arts Degree in Asian Studies.
“Asia’s current role in the politics of religion, business, diplomacy, security, communications and popular culture is undeniably important,” said Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and a professor of government at Georgetown. “Our new M.A. will give students the necessary analytic tools and language expertise to excel in the study of this important world region.”
National Resource Center
As the only U.S. Department of Education-funded National Resource Center for East Asia in the nation’s capital, the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown prepares students with a combination of business diplomacy, international security, political economy, government, history and cultural training as well as regional expertise.
The master’s degree will also provide students with the necessary skills to meet the increasing demands of global private and public sector interest in Asia, Cha said.
Students pursuing the new degree at Georgetown will have the opportunity to study core disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences as they relate to Asia. They also have the option to specialize in at least one region and complete a thesis.
“We strive to give our students an education that is rich in scholarship, rigorous in terms of methodology and relevant to Georgetown’s special niche in international affairs,” added Cha. “Our program is also small and selective, so students will get a significant level of personal attention from our faculty.”
The deadline for the inaugural class of applicants to the masters program is January 15, 2012.