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College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS)

A Breakdown of the College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS)

At APS, we challenge you to tackle a vast array of global issues and develop new ways of thinking to face these obstacles head-on. You will gain a broad understanding of the political systems, economies, societies, and cultures of the Asia Pacific region while gathering relevant skills in language and information technology. APS prepares students for a wide variety of careers in government, international organizations, media, and multinational corporations.

APS students take introductory courses in political science, sociology, and economics. Building on foundational knowledge from these three areas, students pursue their major disciplinary study into upper-level courses while choosing electives from other disciplines to broaden their perspectives. The diverse menu of active learning at APS includes overseas exchange study, internships, and field studies. Through seminar classes and a thesis or report, students demonstrate their comprehensive and holistic understanding of the issues faced by the Asia Pacific region.

Areas of Study

APS has established 3 areas of study in order to conduct education and research for the development of wide-ranging problem solving ability and specialized know-how of the issues facing the Asia Pacific region. Studies are centered on solid language proficiency and a basic understanding of the diverse cultures, histories, societies, natural environments, and historical conditions of the Asia Pacific region.

Culture, Society and Media

This area of study enables you to analyze the societies, cultures, and values of the Asia Pacific to deepen your understanding of the issues this region faces. You will gain a global perspective, fundamental media skills, and the ability to view societal issues from several angles.

Global Economy

This area of study offers advanced training in economics and its various subsets. Become an expert in a specialized field of global economics, such as regional economies, inequality, poverty, energy, food, agriculture, nature, industrialization, pollution, health, and digitalization.

International Relations

This area of study allows you to delve into the intricacies of conflict resolution and peace-building as well as cultivate the ability to deal with increasingly complex global issues. Your studies will draw from international law, political science, and economics to help you develop critical thinking skills and a policy-oriented approach for success in the field.

*Curriculum for transfer-students:
2nd-year transfer students who enrolled from AY 2018 to AY 2023 or 3rd-year transfer students who enrolled from AY 2019 to AY 2024 should follow the 2017 curriculum. For more information on the curriculum and courses, visit the Academic Office website.

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In your first year, you will start out taking liberal arts courses. These interdisciplinary classes are designed to give you a foundation to build upon for when you start your major-specific courses in your second year. You also have the opportunity to personalize your study pathway and take a number of courses both within and outside your major throughout your studies at APU.