Global Asia Program

Is Global Asia for you?

From the spiritual to the material, Asia is a continent of superlatives. The largest continent by population and surface area, it has the highest and lowest point on earth, the oldest written histories, the tallest Buddha statue, and is the birthplace of the world religions.

Global Asia students investigate topics across national borders and across academic disciplines. They follow Chinese capital to Africa, Japanese aesthetics to Europe, and Korean pop culture to Canada. They study every aspect of Asian society in a global context: colonialism and post-colonialism, nationalism and transnationalism, war and peace, migration and indigeneity, civilization and pop culture, development and resistance, health and environment, sex and discourse, gender and ethnicity, media and literature.

Whether you pursue it for professional or personal reasons, the Global Asia minor can complement any other SFU credential. In the Global Asia program, you will:

  • Learn to think and communicate powerfully and critically
  • Pair your Global Asia minor with another credential to showcase your intercultural skills on the job market
  • Prepare for a career in government, public policy, management, education, international trade and marketing, journalism, or tourism
  • Learn a new Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, or Punjabi), or build on the linguistic abilities you already have
  • Choose from four dozen electives from ten disciplines (Communication, English, Global Asia, History, Humanities, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology & Anthropology, World Literature, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies)
  • Pursue SFU’s study-abroad opportunities in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand