Undergraduate Program

Discover East Asia

East Asian Studies at WashU

The East Asian Studies Major provides undergraduates the opportunity to study East Asia – China, Taiwan, Japan, and the Koreas – from a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective. In addition to at least three years of an East Asian language, students take courses in Anthropology, Art History and Archaeology, Film and Media Studies, History, Literature, and Religious Studies. Students gain a command of knowledge of two countries of East Asia in terms of language, literature, culture, history, and religion. Students are encouraged to engage with the politics of knowledge, that is, how East Asia was configured as a region and how it is studied today.

Many of our majors study abroad, for a summer, a semester, or a year. Graduates in East Asian Studies have gone on to a range of careers, in diplomacy, finance, public health, the arts, and academia.

Please come to one of our many events about East Asia as listed on the website and introduce yourself. Or email for an appointment with the Director of East Asian Studies. We'd love for you to join our major!

Study Abroad

Students in EAS are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the several WashU-approved study abroad programs in East Asia, such as the Washington University Program at Fudan University in Shanghai, the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies in Japan and the Seoul National University program in Korea.

Learn More at Overseas Programs

Choosing East Asian Studies

EAS offers a major and minor in East Asian Studies.  Majors and minors in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean are offered through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Students often ask about the difference between a major in East Asian Studies and a major in Chinese, Japanese or Korean. The East Asian Studies major requires third-year competence in Chinese, Japanese or Korean. It also requires two lower-level civilization courses in two different East Asian cultures, and selection of upper-level courses from more than one cultural area and academic discipline. Which one you choose depends largely on your interests and what you plan to do with your degree after you graduate.

Have more questions?

We've put together an FAQ to help you explore our major and minor.

Visit the FAQ

Senior Symposium

At the end of the spring semester, EAS prime majors are required to participate in the EAS Senior Symposium.  Prime majors will be asked to prepare a 3-minute presentation and a poster of either the research paper they wrote for their 400-level capstone course, OR their senior honors thesis.  The should poster illustrate the main points of the paper or thesis.  Following everyone's brief presentation audience members will move among the different posters; students should be prepared to answer questions about their project. 

Second majors are encouraged to attend the Senior Symposium. All faculty and students interested in East Asia are invited to attend the annual Symposium, which provides our EAS majors an opportunity to share some of the fruits of their study with an enthusiastic audience.

The Office of Undergraduate Research has great info on posters, including printing.


Have questions? We'd love to hear from you.

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