It serves students with two types of interests: those who aim to pursue active professional careers related to the East Asian region; and those who want to pursue graduate study in the humanities or social sciences with particular emphasis on China, Japan or Korea. Students in East Asian Studies will gain language proficiency and familiarity with East Asia through advanced courses in a variety of disciplines. Concentrators are strongly encouraged, but not required, to study in East Asia for one or two semesters. The concentration requires students to demonstrate a basic proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.
East Asian Studies
East Asian Studies is a multidisciplinary concentration designed for students wishing to attain reasonable fluency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean with specialized exposure to selected East Asian subjects.
Students in this concentration will:
- Gain multidisciplinary and transnational perspectives on East Asia
- Attain fluency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean
- Understand the ancient and modern traditions of at least one East Asian culture
- Grasp the historical conditions leading to the modern nation-states of China, Japan, and/or Korea
- Produce original research on an aspect of East Asian history or culture
Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)
Student Leaders: Christine Wang, Samuel Chowning, Yeonhoo Cho, Austen Sundara
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Alumni who have completed the concentration in East Asian Studies have pursued careers in diverse fields, including medicine, law, web applications development, the foreign service, hedge funds management, and university administration.
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