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Japan Tokyo Shinjuku Signage

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Korea Spring of Insadong 08

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Town Scene

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East Asian Studies

About the East Asian Studies M.A. Program

The M.A. degree in East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program intended to enable students to develop a broad understanding of an individual East Asian culture or to engage in comparative study of two or more East Asian cultures.

Students pursuing the East Asian Studies M.A. are normally expected to concentrate on one particular country by choosing a variety of courses in various departments. These may include those covering other areas of Asia, those partially covering East Asia, Asian-American Studies, as well as relevant methodology and theory courses. Upon petition to the program and with the consent of the student's faculty advisor, individual programs may be designed to fit specific interests.

In most cases, the M.A. degree in East Asian Studies is suitable for those who seek to develop a general range of knowledge of the area as preparation for careers in fields such as journalism, business, law, government service, public health, or secondary school preparation.  Many of our students continue their studies in Ph.D. programs in variety of fields. 

Areas of Study

The program recognizes three areas of specialization: China, Japan, and Korea. Comparative fields may be incorporated into an area of specialization with consent of the student's faculty advisor.

Graduate Students

MA '17

I would wish to focus my studies and research on ethnic relations in China or the literary and artistic expression of some ethnic minorities in China.

MA '17

I'm interested in modern Chinese politics. I hope I can learn more about it at UCLA.

BA '16, MA '18

My undergraduate school is UCLA and major is Asian Studies. I am proud of to be a bruin. I am an international student and come from China. My research interest...

BA '16, MA '18

I'm interested in cultural history of modern Japan, particularly the nationalism movement, imperialism and colonialism in twentieth century, and their significance to the cultural and diplomatic relationship between China and...

MA '17

At UCLA, I hope I can take classes on Japanese linguistics, Japanese women studies, and/or contemporary Japanese literature.

MA '17

My research interest lies in cross-cultural, artistic exchanges between Japan and Korea in the 20th century.

MA '17

At UCLA, I wish to study the cultural history of East Asian region by researching its visual culture in 14th century with a foundation of literature, history, and philosophy. I...

MA '18

I was born in Shenyang, China, and got my BA of Economics from Renmin University of China. My interests include Chinese classical literature and poetry, history and thoughts. During the...

BA '17, MA '17

I am a fourth year undergraduate student double majoring in Economics and Asian Humanities. Having been admitted to the Departmental Scholars Program, I am concurrently pursing my Master's in East...

MA '17

Her focus is modern Japanese history.

MA '18

I was a student of Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) in Peking University. My hometown is Hangzhou, which is going to hold the 2016 G20 summit in September. I'm interested...

MA '17

I am interested in focusing on Chinese art history and religious study at UCLA.

MA '17

By focusing on contemporary Chinese politics during the graduate, I hope I will be able to learn how to understand Chinese politics and society so that I could give explanations...

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