The East Asian studies major is interdisciplinary and interdepartmental. Its primary purpose is to introduce undergraduates to the knowledge, language skills, and methods they will need to pursue their personal and professional interests relating to China, Japan, and Korea. There is no minor in East Asian studies.

East Asian studies majors choose a focus area, selected from among four discipline-based focus areas—history, political science, history of science, technology, and medicine, or sociology—or they can also create an individualized focus area. In addition to solid language training and content courses about the region, EAS majors also benefit from training in the methods and theory of a particular academic discipline. If they choose, East Asian Studies majors can very easily double major in international studies, as the requirements of each of the four focus areas overlap with those of international studies.  East Asian Studies majors have pursued a wide range of double majors including biomedical engineering, history, sociology, art history, archaeology, economics, and public health.

Undergraduate Student Learning Objectives

  • Develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at least one East Asian language.
  • Demonstrate specialized content knowledge of East Asia through in depth study.
  • Apply the approaches of one selected discipline to the study of China, Japan, and/or Korea.
  • Acquire knowledge of historical developments in the region.
  • Develop the ability to conduct in-depth research on a humanities or social science-related topic, using both English and East Asian language research and primary source materials. East Asian studies majors have the option of capping their four years of study with a senior honors thesis.