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Submitted by darmstro on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:44pm

Why East Asian Studies?

East Asian Studies scholars ask questions such as: What are the roots and the distinctive features of Chinese and Japanese cultures? How did manga become so popular? What constitutes a Chinese blockbuster and how different is it from Hollywood’s?

East Asian Studies examines the culture, language and history of East Asian civilizations in an interdisciplinary program offering a comprehensive understanding of the rich culture and emerging global power of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan. During your personalized course of studies you will gain a sensitivity to diversity and interconnectedness, conceptual analytic skills, research capabilities, and the ability to communicate in either Chinese or Japanese.

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In today's market, a large number of corporations and agencies operate branches worldwide. Countries such as China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea have become leaders in international trade. The East Asian Studies major prepares students for international work in business, government, and cultural organizations. Tourism, global politics, international trade and international relations also demand a solid understanding of this region of the world.

As a collaborative degree, East Asian Studies is deeply invested in an interdisciplinary perspective.  As part of your degree, you will become familiar not only with East Asian culture, but also with the deep roots of Western culture and with the intersections of thought that knit together politics, science, religion, art and philosophy. This broad education can form the basis for a rich and varied range of careers such as:

  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Political Consultant
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Government Relations Advisor
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Intelligence Officer
  • International Trade / Relations Advisor
  • Immigration Officer
  • Import / Export Expert
  • International Student Coordinator

A degree in East Asian Studies can also be used as a stepping-stone to professional degrees in Law, Medicine, Education, Journalism, Diplomacy, Arts, the Performing Arts, and Graduate Studies.

For more information on career options, please visit: Career Services - East Asian Studies