University of Vermont

CAS Asian Studies Major

Asian Languages and Literatures

Alumni with a degree in Asian Languages and Literatures, including Chinese and Japanese, pursue a wide variety of careers, both directly and indirectly related to their course of study. This is a representative sample of job titles from recent UVM alumni who majored in Asian Languages and Literatures.

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Transferable Skills

In addition to the specialized material you study in your major, you will also gain useful transferable skills. Remember: it is essential to be able to articulate the skills you have gained.

Examples of transferable skills fostered while majoring in Asian Languages and Literatures

Critical Thinking Skills

Leadership and Administration Skills

Communication Skills

Reading for content and structure Interpreting data and evaluating evidence

Non-judgmental observation
Acute listening
Needs assessment

Ability to speak to groups
Ability to explain difficult and complex concepts simply and clearly
Clean writing and oration

Research and Investigation Skills

Design and Planning Skills

Information Management Skills

Working with subjects to collect research
Access to original sources

Precise editing skills
Project development and follow through

Comparison of translations and originals
Keeping organized data

Interpersonal Skills

Skills and Assessing Values

Specialized Skills

Working on a collaborative team to brainstorm and solve problems

Cross-cultural knowledge and needs assessment
Attention to and understanding of cultural diversity

Translation skills
Understanding language and dialectic changes over time and location


For more information visit the Asian Studies Program’s website ( or call the office at (802)-656-5764.

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