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East Asian Studies


East Asian studies programs teach people the cultures and customs of the region.

East Asian studies programs include topics such as:


In East Asian studies programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in East Asian studies. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in East Asian studies. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. Many colleges and universities offer interdisciplinary bachelor's degrees in East Asian studies. Interdisciplinary programs combine courses from several college departments. In East Asian studies it may be history, liberal arts, and humanities. In some schools, East Asian Studies is offered as a concentration in the Asian studies program.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in East Asian studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. Most programs also require that you speak, read, write, and understand at least one East Asian language at an advanced level.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Remember, these courses often focus on a specific country or region within East Asia. The same applies to languages. Therefore, a political science course may focus on the historical relationship between Japan and Korea, for example.

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs in East Asian studies typically require:

Things to Know

Colleges that do not offer programs in East Asian studies may offer elective courses or certificates as part of a major in interdisciplinary studies or liberal arts.

Some programs only focus on select East Asian countries and languages.

You may be required or encouraged to spend some time living, working, or studying in East Asia. This gives you an immersion experience and the chance to practice your language skills with native speakers.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Shoreline Community College

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Gonzaga University

Tacoma Area

Pacific Lutheran University

West Side Area

Western Washington University