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Career Services Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

East Asian Language Studies

East Asian Language Studies will provide you with solid training in all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in the two main East Asian languages, namely Chinese and Japanese.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Critical Thinking:  Creative thinking; Evaluating Ideas, theories and evidence; Interdisciplinary perspective

Cross-cultural Communication:  Intercultural Awareness; Sensitivity to cultural viewpoints; Multi-cultural appreciation

Interpretation:  Understanding and interpreting culture, religion and beliefs; Interpret historical ideas in a modern context

Oral and written communication:  Gather & disseminate information; Compiling observations and data into comprehensive reports

Research:  Observe people and things; Analysis and synthesis of information; Literary analysis; Summarize ideas; Planning and organization skills

Aptitude for Language and Acquisition:  Understanding of language structures; Command of grammar and syntax; Knowledge of vocabulary and grammar; Evaluate translations and original texts

Attention to Detail:  Editing and Revision

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Communications Specialist
  • Community Affairs Coordinator
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • ESL Teacher
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Grammar School Teacher
  • Import/Export Coordinator
  • International Banking Loan Officer
  • International Business Consultant
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Specialist
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Translator

Potential Industries

  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Broadcasting – Radio and TV
  • Civil Service
  • Communications
  • Cultural Consultation
  • Culture and Recreation
  • Customs
  • Diplomatic Services
  • Editing
  • Education
  • Educational Materials Development
  • Events and Festival Management
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Government
  • Hospitality
  • Immigration Services
  • International Agencies
  • Insurance
  • International Business
  • Interpretation
  • Museum & Heritage
  • Non-Profit & NGOs
  • Oil & Gas
  • Policy & Planning
  • Publishing
  • Tourism & Travel
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Writing

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Arts Students' Centre
Social Sciences Building, SS102
T: 403.220-6318

Clubs on Campus:

Japanese Conversation and Culture Club

University of Calgary Japanese Literacy Club

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020