This multidisciplinary concentration is designed to serve undergraduate students wishing to attain reasonable fluency in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and/or Vietnamese and specialized familiarity with selected East Asian subjects. The concentration serves students with two different types of professional and academic interests: those who wish to pursue active professional careers related to the East Asian region; and those who will continue their education at the graduate level in the humanities or social sciences with special emphasis on China, Japan or Korea. Concentrators’ academic experiences should culminate in their senior advanced research seminar. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will guide and supervise in the planning of individual concentrations to ensure the development of coherent programs of study.
The concentration reflects the Department’s multi-disciplinary approach and eclectic interests. It encourages the pursuit of competence in one or more of the languages the Department offers, as well as the development of a plan of study - with the help of faculty advisors - that reflects a well-articulated theoretical, (multi)disciplinary or thematic approach to the study of East Asia. Recent graduates of the concentration have gone on to employment in public service, the media industry, finance, and consulting. A significant percentage of our concentrators continue their studies in graduate and professional schools within a few years of graduation.