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What is Your Hero's Journey?

Venture forth from an ordinary world to unknown with the BA in Cultural Area Studies at SRU

Modern Languages and Cultures: Cultural Area Studies

Offered by: Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Writing

Students earning a B.A. in Modern Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Cultural Area Studies can choose a focus from American Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. This highly customizable curriculum works very well with another major without extending a graduation time, and students will develop their proficiency in their target cultural and language competence while applying their learning to the real world.

Why Choose Cultural Area Studies?

This program is for you:

  • if you have a love of learning other cultures;
  • if you want to major in a language that does not have its own major (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, etc.);
  • if you want to teach English as a foreign language in the future;
  • if you want to have your own curriculum designed in this discipline;
  • if you are already majoring in any B.A. major (i.e. Arts, History, etc.) as some of the courses for your first major will count towards this Cultural Area Studies major as the second major; and/or
  • if you want to be marketable with a second major.

The B.S. majors that work well with this Cultural Area Studies include

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Exercise Science
  • Geography
  • Health
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Sports Management

You can also start with a certificate in a related program (i.e. Certificate of Global Learning & Cultural Competence), take one to two more courses to obtain a minor (i.e. Minor in Asian Studies, Professional Japanese, Middle Eastern Studies, etc.), and then if you decide to pursue the study further, take a few more courses to achieve this major.

As the curriculum is individually designed for each student, please contact Dept. of LLWC for more information. We can advise you what needs to be done and how long it will take to complete.

What Will You Learn?

Students will learn a target language and culture while acquiring knowledge, understanding, and respect for the target culture and their own. They also learn interconnection of societies in the world and apply their learning to the real world, specifically, their own future career goals.

Careers In Cultural Area Studies

Students of Cultural Area Studies look forward to an array of career options in:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Journalism/Communications
  • Education
  • Government, Civil, or Military Service
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism
  • Industry
  • Tourism
  • Translation

Some alumni continued their education to M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and enjoy teaching English all over the world including Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Clubs & Organizations

Arabic Club

Japanese Club

Spanish Club