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!