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.

Student Goals

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

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 11 
2016 16  16 
2019 14 14 1


Director of Undergraduate Studies: Kerry Smith