The Department of East Asian Studies is dedicated to the study of the cultures and languages of China and Japan. The rich cultural heritages of the region are covered by courses in literature, history, society, religion and thought, linguistics and other aspects of culture.

EAS offers a wide range of courses in Chinese and Japanese language. Understanding the languages and cultures of these two nations—the second (China) and third (Japan) largest economies in the world—is essential for anyone working globally today.

EAS offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees with a major in East Asian Studies.

Degree Programs

The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Training in East Asian Studies affords students important opportunities for careers in teaching, international business, international law, government and diplomatic service, and journalism.

Instruction is offered in a number of disciplines, including Chinese and Japanese culture, history, linguistics, literature, thought, and women’s studies, Asian humanities and religions, and Asian-American studies.

News & Events

Monday, August 1, 2016
Dr. David Pietz was recently awarded the 2016 Cecil B. Currey Book Award from the Association for Third World Studies (ATWS) for his book The Yellow...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Please join us in congratulating Amber Hunt, who is the recipient of the 2016 Blair Prize in Japanese Studies. Amber is graduating from the...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Please join us in congratulating Brandon Barnett, the recipient of our 2016 Hucker Founders Award! Brandon became interested in East Asian...
Thursday, January 21, 2016
This past December, M.A. student Christianne Ono travelled to Ikema Island in southern Okinawa to participate in Dr. Tsuyoshi Ono (University of...
Monday, December 21, 2015
The Department of East Asian Studies is proud to announce the publication of Spreading Buddha's Word in East Asia: The Formation and...
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Liming Wang’s Biosketch Liming was born and raised in a small village in northern China. Her fraternal grandfather was an intellectual but...
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Mark Metcalf, an alumni of East Asian Studies, received his Masters of Art in EAS in 2001. His MA thesis, entitled Warring States Political Rhetoric...
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
China is currently the fifth most popular study abroad destination among American college students, but UA has never had its own program in Mainland...
Friday, September 4, 2015
The Department of East Asian Studies launched a new Buddhism minor in Fall, 2015, which is already generating interest among undergraduate students....