Career Exploration

For more information on what you can do with a major in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, visit CLA Career Services or explore Handshake, the U of M's exclusive online career database.

Career development is a lifelong process of self-discovery, career exploration, gaining meaningful experiences, intentional reflection, and career decision-making and planning. Utilize CLA Career Services staff and resources to help you navigate your career exploration and post-graduation planning process.


Students in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies go on to a number of different professional fields, working as teachers, editors, historians, researchers, interpreters, and more. The coursework you pursue provides a great foundation for many areas of interest upon graduation. The skills you gain in verbal and written communication, cultural competence and understanding, and critical thinking will be immediately applicable as you enter your field.


In addition, what you do outside of the classroom can improve your confidence, enhance your skills, and build your resume. Therefore, we encourage you to seek out real-world experience through research opportunities, engagement in the Chinese Flagship program, and internships to help you feel confident in your decision upon graduation. Students may also also gain valuable and relevant skills in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by studying abroad.


Prioritize your next steps by building an effective strategy for applying to graduate programs, jobs, and/or service opportunities. You are encouraged to schedule an individual appointment with a CLA Career Counselor and attend upcoming employer and career events and workshops to start building a network. You can also connect with the CLA Career Center online via CLA's LinkedIn page.

Contact Career Services

For CLA Career Services, visit 411 Bruininks Hall or call 612-624-7577.