East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary major that introduces students to the region that includes China, Japan, and Korea. Home to some of the world¹s most ancient and complex cultures, East Asia continues to be a significant, though little understood region today. The East Asian Studies major requires at least two years of either Chinese or Japanese (or demonstrated equivalency) and at least six months of study aboard in China, Japan, or Korea. In addition to language courses in Chinese or Japanese, students take courses taught in English on the literatures, histories, cultures, and societies of China, Japan, and Korea to develop both in-depth knowledge of one country and broader familiarity with the region in general. The skills and cultural expertise that East Asian Studies majors acquire are applicable in a wide variety of career fields, including, but not limited to, education, business, government, law, and communications.
To maximize their experiences abroad, students are advised to begin their language study in their first year. Those who are particularly interested in languages are encouraged to consider supplementing their East Asian language with the other East Asian language offered on campus or another second language. Whether planning to attend graduate school or to seek employment in an East Asia-related occupation, students are encouraged to choose a SIP project that serves as a meaningful capstone to their work in the major.
For more specific information on Japanese or Chinese Studies at Kalamazoo College, follow the links below.