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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.

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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

September 28th, 2018
This presentation discusses the establishment of literary history (bunga- kushi) as an academic discipline in late nineteenth-century Japan, with special attention to the role of traditional Chinese fiction in defining the contours and content of...
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Back row - from left to right: Phil Gabriel, Dian Li, Kim Jones, Alison Jameson, Theresa Jensen, Maggie Camp, Takashi Miura Front row - from left to right: Josh Schlachet, Scott Gregory, Heng Du, Nathaniel Smith, Wenhao Diao, Rae Dachille, Hai...
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Language Swap Tucson
August 31st, 2018
Practice Mandarin on Wednesdays, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. This is a free event near the University of Arizona, sponsored by Duolingo and not associated with the East Asian Studies Department. However, it's a wonderful opportunity for our...
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September 26th, 2018
Live, Work and Discover Japan! The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program offers young professionals the opportunity to work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). Since 1987, more...
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Register at events.duolingo.com/tucson This is a free language event near the University of Arizona, sponsored by Duolingo and not associated with the East Asian Studies Department. However, it's a wonderful opportunity for our students...
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September 26th, 2018
Famed Japanese Heikyoku artist Tsutomu Arao will perform the 800-year-old epic tale, accompanied by biwa. The Tale of the Heike is the greatest of all Japanese warrior tales and one of the seminal works that has shaped Japanese literature, theatre,...
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Alumni News & Directory

Our East Asian Studies majors have gone on to exciting careers around the world in a wide variety of industries. See what you can do with your degree.
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Dante Lauretta 
B.A.
Japanese
1993
B.S.
Physics
1993
B.S.
Theoretical Mathematics
1993
Florence Luna
B.A.
East Asian Studies
2015
B.S.
Business Administration
2015
Eric Sands
B.A.
East Asian Studies
1995