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Area Studies is a degree category that consists of the following common degrees:

  • African Studies

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    African Studies

    Africa, sometimes referred to as the ‘Mother Continent,’ is the oldest inhabited and most culturally and geographically diverse continent on earth.

    Programs in African studies – also known as Africana studies – offer students an opportunity to study the continent’s histories, cultures, geographies, politics, and economics, and to learn about the aid, trade and investment, and migration flows that link Africa to the rest of the world in the era of globalization.

    This wide scope of topics means that students of African studies gain a cross-disciplinary exposure to Africa and come to understand why it is the cradle of humankind.

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  • American Studies

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    American Studies

    American studies programs, in the simplest of terms, study America. Like every nation, America is an ever-evolving living organism. So, too, in a way, is the broad and fascinating field of American studies, which attempts to articulate the American experience over time.

    In their devotion to deeply understanding the unique thing that is the United States of America, American studies scholars and students alike must continually ask what has shaped and what continues to shape its history, culture, personality, economics, politics, and global standing. To answer those questions, they must consider a multitude of factors and issues in a multitude of spheres, from music, cinema, and sport to ethnicity, race, and religion to social systems and hierarchies, foreign relations, and immigration to technology, architecture, food, and sexuality. American studies, it can be said, is a field whose scope is as wide as the country that is its subject matter.

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  • Latin American Studies

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    Latin American Studies
  • Asian Studies

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    Asian Studies

    Asia is the largest of the world’s continents, encompassing 49 countries (list below) with a combined population of 4.5 billion people. Most Asian studies programs tend to focus on East Asia and South Asia and specifically on the countries of China, Japan, South Korea / North Korea, and India.

    The typical curriculum explores the languages, literatures, cultures, philosophies, religions, societies, politics, and other related spheres of Asian people and civilization. It examines the interactions between countries within Asia and the continent’s impacts on the rest of the world.

    Central Asia
    Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

    East Asia
    China, China-Hong Kong, China-Macao, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea-Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, South Korea-Republic of Korea

    South Asia
    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

    South East Asia
    Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

    Western Asia
    Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Georgia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

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  • Russian Studies

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    Russian Studies

    Russia, officially known as the Russian Federation, is the world’s largest country and one of its most dynamic and fascinating geopolitical regions.

    Majors in Russian studies learn the Russian language and examine the history, economics, politics, and culture of Russia and its people. They gain the skills necessary to understand the complexities of this European and Asiatic, mythically old and proudly new, democratic and autocratic, mysterious and mystifying land.

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  • European Studies

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    European Studies
  • Canadian Studies

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  • French Studies

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  • German Studies

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  • Italian Studies

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  • Area Studies

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    Area Studies

    The subject matter of area studies is wide. Whichever country or region of the globe you choose to focus on, you will study its history, geography, language, literature, society, government, politics, culture, philosophy, and economics. You will explore how change in many different societies sheds light on human rights, development, security, and governance. You will examine different viewpoints concerning world challenges, engage in debate, and make discoveries about the templates that frame our understanding of the world.

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