Asian Studies

Asian Studies degree option at MSSU

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International Studies, Asia emphasis

In the Foreign Languages Department, we offer the following languages you may choose to study:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Out of the 6.7 billion people in the world:

  • 13.22% Speak Chinese (Mandarin)
  • 4.88% Speak Spanish
  • 4.68% Speak English
  • 3.12% Speak Arabic

(Source: The CIA World Fact Book)

Those account for the top four languages spoken with Russian, French and German rounding out the top eleven in the world. However those percentages account only for first language speakers. The number of those who speak English as a second language is expected to swell dramatically as schools across Asia are teaching English as early as Grade 1 (Source: Asia Times Online).

At Missouri Southern, learning a foreign language is not simply a past time or hobby; it is a serious necessity in all sectors of the U.S Economy. Are you prepared for a future in which multi-lingual abilities are a must for international trading, government, technology, education, health, etc.?

Our department continually improves upon a world-class education by providing the technology, the literature, the outreach, the quality teaching and the enthusiasm to students of all types of cultural, educational and vocational backgrounds. With these readily available tools and some encouragement, students increase their job opportunities and improve their communications skills which are required no matter what career path they follow. We invite everyone to gain knowledge and experience that will help them grow both personally and professionally.

You may also be interested in: Chinese, International Business, International Studies

Institute of International Studies

Dr. Chad Stebbins
Head,Institute of International Studies
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: 417.625.3012
Fax: 417.659.4445