Asia Concentrations

The study of Asia is key to understanding the global dynamics of politics, diplomacy, economics, environment, development, and security in the 21st century. The Asia concentrations at Johns Hopkins SAIS offer students a multidisciplinary approach to studying these dynamics in a complex, ever-changing region of the world. The school’s faculty is world renowned for their expertise and commitment to teaching. They transition seamlessly from academia to government service, from the field to the classroom, from elite journals to the mainstream media.    
Students may choose to concentrate in China Studies, Japan Studies, Korea Studies, South Asia Studies, or Southeast Asia Studies and are encouraged to complement their studies and attain a specialization in the International Relations of Asia or Emerging Markets by fulfilling additional coursework.
China Studies features faculty with considerable experience outside of academia who teach courses ranging from Chinese leadership and foreign policy to economic and political reform, and from human rights and law to China’s military, and beyond. The Program offers a curriculum that puts contemporary China in regional and historical context. The program integrates comparative and theoretical perspectives with the judgment that experience and history provide. Students can pursue their studies in Washington, DC or in affiliated programs at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies, and the SAIS-Tsinghua Program in Global Politics and Economics, with options to do coursework in both China and the United States.
Asia Programs comprises the school's world-class Japan, Korea, South Asia, and Southeast Asia Studies programs and provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the trends shaping Asia in the 21st century. Through curricula rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, and taught by distinguished faculty experienced in policy, theory, and practice, students gain the knowledge, skills and resources required for success. By applying theoretical propositions on development, strategy, and conflict resolution to real circumstances in the Asia region, students prepare for careers in research, academia, policy-making, diplomacy, defense, business, trade and economics, journalism, and the nonprofit sector.