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East Asian Studies

Major & Minor

Are you curious about the languages and cultures of East Asia and the reverberations they have on our culture today? Through the East Asian Studies program, you can explore the culture, history, and political and intellectual developments of three major countries in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea in courses taught in English. You will learn about these three nations’ interactions through history, their mutual influence on the development of greater East Asian civilization, and the contemporary achievements and tensions within the region. You can also build a foundation in the Japanese language.

Adams Observatory

East Asian Studies faculty have led international travel JanTerms to major cities in Eastern and Western Japan—Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Okayama, Matsue, Kurashiki, Hiroshima, Osaka and Himeji. Students visit major landmarks, learn about Japanese history and cultural norms, sample a wide variety of regional cuisines, and are provided opportunities to interact with Japanese peers through school visits and other shared programming.

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Adams Observatory

The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Being a JET is an opportunity to work and to represent the United States as cultural ambassadors to Japan.

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Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

An East Asian Studies degree

will impart and understanding of the complex intertwined cultures, politics, and histories of China, Korea, and Japan, and will also refine your skills in communication, critical thinking, and collaboration.  With a degree in East Asian Studies, upon graduation you will be prepared to:

  • clearly communicate the results of research work in oral, written and electronic formats to the public at large.
  • identify and articulate transregional commonalities, complexity, and diversity both within and across East Asian cultures.
  • gain expertise in three major countries in East Asia with a focus on and deeper knowledge of one of the three countries. 

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Scott Langton

Dr. Scott Langton

Associate Professor of East Asian Studies
Dr. Mindy Landeck

Dr. Mindy Landeck

Associate Professor of East Asian Studies

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