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East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary major that provides students with a broad exposure to the languages, culture, and history of East Asia (China and Japan). With ancient cultures that rival that of the Mediterranean in age and significance, this area of the world has been of increasing importance to the U.S. in the twenty-first century. Students choose to concentrate either in the study of China or of Japan in the majority of their coursework for the major and spend at least six months in that country on study abroad. Students will take at least two full years of language (six units) or their equivalent. Whether planning to attend graduate school or seek employment in an East Asia-related occupation, students are strongly encouraged also to major or minor in another disciplinary area in order to enrich their qualifications. Students who are particularly interested in languages are encouraged to supplement their East Asian language with the other East Asian language offered on campus or another second language.