Career Options after Global Asia Studies

What is Global Asia Studies?

Global Asia Studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores Asia within a dynamic global and diasporic context. The program:

  • Enhances understanding of historical and contemporary global culture and politics
  • Uses cutting-edge Humanities methods and theories to explore the societies of East and South Asia

What makes Global Asia Studies at UTSC unique?

Exciting opportunities for experiential learning through co-curricular programming – be sure to look for them!

Skills of Global Asia Studies Grads

  • Articulate the role of international governing bodies
  • Analyse globalization and contemporary life across Asia and Asian diasporas
  • Conduct interdisciplinary research
  • Describe Asian culture and values
  • Examine/evaluate established policies
  • Examine media, arts, religions, foods and legal systems
  • Explore political histories and cultures
  • Perceive/understand individual differences
  • Understand how gender shapes social institutions
  • Understand the histories and cultures of East Asian and South Asian societies
  • Develop critical reading, writing and analytical skills across the humanities and social sciences

Entry-Level Jobs for Bachelor Grads

Common employment destinations include:

  • Immigration Officer in Federal Government
  • Junior Account Manager in Financial/Consulting/Other Services
  • Community Worker in Non-Profits
  • Policy Analyst in Municipal Government
  • International Trade Officer in Government
  • Political Aide in Provincial Government
  • Human Resource Associate in Recruiting
  • Journalist or Reporter in Media
  • Student Services Advisor in Education
  • Service/Sales Consultant in Business Services

The Career Directory

Global Asia Studies Grads from UTSC have gone on to:

  • Vice Media (Associate Producer)
  • Community Legal Aid (Litigator)

UofT Global Asia Studies graduates are working in Media, Research and Education.

Graduate & Professional Studies

Popular further education opportunities include:

  • International Relations – Master of Arts
  • History – Master of Arts
  • Information – Master of Arts
  • Asian Studies – Master of Arts
  • Education – Bachelor or Master
  • Business – Master of Business Administration
  • Law School – JD (Juris Doctor)
  • Journalism – Diploma or Master of Arts
  • Public Relations – Post-Graduate Certificate

Examples of Fields that ‘Fit’ the Skills of Global Asia Studies Grads

  • Social Advocacy Groups
  • Government Admin (Federal, Provincial, Regional, Municipal)
  • Social Work and Healthcare
  • Human Resources and Recruiting
  • Education/Education Support Services
  • Advertising and Public Relations Agencies
  • Trade Agencies and Brokers
  • Law / Legal Services

Your 4-Year Career Exploration Action Plan

1. Do Your Research

The databases below provide you with details about job prospects, nature of work, educational requirements, working conditions, pay and related career paths:

Attend our workshop Discover Your Skills and Career Options, meet with a Career Counsellor, and use our resources to get to know your skills, values, personality and interests.

Use the advice on our tip sheets for gathering information:

  • Information Interviews
  • Working On-Campus
  • Internships
  • Volunteering

2. Explore Career Options & Get Experience

Gain exposure to your options in the world of work and make connections while you’re a student via campus events and programs listed on and

Apply for Work Study jobs in CLN in Fall and Spring! You might also find work via the SCSU.

Find networking opportunities, internship programs and entry-level jobs via websites like TalentEgg and Charity Village.

As an upper year student (14+ credits), attend UTSC’s Get Hired conference and participate in Jobs for Grads.

As a graduate, explore internships and other trainee programs like Career Edge.

3. Build Your Network

Explore professional associations and get involved! Volunteer for their events and get to know people in your industry of interest. These are your future mentors, supervisors and colleagues!

Other associations and websites for finding networking opportunities and experience include:

Please note: This information is a starting point for your further research into career options in this field of study. For more information on this program and course requirements, please visit the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies website.