The program in East Asian studies entails the comprehensive study of the cultures and societies of East Asia in an interdisciplinary program that encompasses language, literature, history, anthropology, art history, film, philosophy, and religious studies.
Washington University is one of this nation's oldest centers for the study of China and Japan. The department offers an impressive range of courses in modem Chinese and Japanese languages through the advanced level in addition to classical language study. A more modest but growing program of Korean language study is also available. Our dedicated teacher-scholars are committed to mentoring undergraduates with an interest in East Asia.
Our humanities-based course of study is broad and flexible, and students can easily arrange for a double major within the College of Arts and Sciences or a dual major with another school in the University. East Asian Studies students can also take advantage of expanded social science course offerings through the Joint Center for East Asian Studies (JCEAS) in St. Louis, a consortium established in conjunction with the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Given the increasingly Asian-oriented global economy, career possibilities are expanding dramatically. Our broad-based curriculum prepares students for East Asia-focused careers in academia, diplomacy, business, education, and law, among others.