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Asia on the World Stage

Global power dynamics are shifting, and Asia is an increasingly significant force. The region is home to some of the largest and fastest-growing economies in the world, as well as some of the poorest populations. Rapid globalization and technological innovation are transforming physical, cultural, and ideological landscapes. Now more than ever, it is crucial for global citizens to understand this diverse and influential region.

The Dr. David Chu Program in Contemporary Asian Studies provides a multidisciplinary, pan-Asian, and thematically driven lens through which to understand the complexities of today’s Asia. Students gain empirical and critical knowledge of South, Southeast, and East Asia from multiple disciplinary approaches, including anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology. Taught by leading University of Toronto scholars, the CAS program guides students in examining the links between Asia’s history, its emergence onto the global stage, the challenges and opportunities inherent in its modernity, and its future(s) in the global arena.

Offered by the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, CAS provides a unique, experiential, and intimate undergraduate learning experience at the University of Toronto.

A Comprehensive and Diverse Curriculum. Our interdisciplinary, thematic, and pan-Asian suite of courses provides students with a rich and multi-sided comprehension of this dynamic, changing region. Core courses at the 200, 300, and 400 levels provide the theoretical and empirical backbone to the program, while electives provide diverse coverage of contemporary issues in Asia as they intersect with cutting-edge faculty research.

A Vibrant Community. The Chu Program, Asian Institute, and Munk School provide an exciting intellectual community linking students to affiliated scholars from across U of T and an elite global network of experts on Asia. In addition to the year-round stream of seminars, conferences, and events showcasing research on Asia, there is also a thriving community of student organizations to join.

Experiential Learning. The Asian Institute is committed to facilitating overseas experiential learning opportunities. Our students have travelled throughout Asia on trips organized and led by U of T professors and for internships, exchange programs, and independent study and research.

Career Pathways. CAS prepares graduates for success in a global economy that is increasingly integrated with Asia. Our networking opportunities, internships, and career panels help students gain the real-world skills, experience, and connections they need to get their foot in the door to a rewarding career in Asian and global affairs.