Dr. David Chu Program in Contemporary Asian Studies

Based at the Asian Institute in the Munk School of Global Affairs, 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.


Admission Information

  • Apply to either the Humanities or Social Sciences admission categories on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Bachelor of Arts Program

  • Contemporary Asian Studies (major or minor)


Advice for First Year

The Contemporary Asian Studies program does not offer any courses at the first-year level. The foundation courses for the program (students can choose one or take both) are CAS200Y1 – Global Asia (which requires the completion of one full course)  and POL 215YI - Politics and Transformation of the Asia-Pacific (this course requires the completion of one full course in political science or four full courses).



Direct career options include:

Teaching Journalism
Research International development
Business Law
International trade Foreign Service and non-governmental organizations
Policy and research  


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First Year