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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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China-6455 - Zhen Wu Temple
East Asian Studies

About Us

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

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 '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...

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...

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