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Alumni Story

Why I Chose East Asian Studies

I learned why I was driven to explore and create knowledge for the human race.

Dante Lauretta
B.A. Japanese, B.S. Math, Physics 1993
Principal Investigator, NASA's OSIRIS-REx

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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.

Meet Noah

Noah is an agile achiever who combines his passions as he is gaining fluency in Japanese and studying dance as the language of movement. His long-range goal is to practice medicine.

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News & Events

The University of Arizona is launching a new minor in Asian Pacific American studies, centered on what has become the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the United States.The new minor, housed in the Department of East Asian Studies...
Two professors in the East Asian Studies Department have been promoted, demonstrating excellent performance in teaching, service and research.Dr. Maggie Camp is promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Practice.Dr. Hai Ren is...
A scene from Kyoto in summer 2019
As the university recognizes APIDA Heritage Month, assistant professor Joshua Schlachet explains how he and his East Asian studies colleagues are helping increase the profile of the university's Japanese studies offerings. Read More  
Kharen Morgan, graduating with degree in Applied Humanities: Public Health Emphasis and East Asian Studies: Chinese Language Emphasis, has received the 2020-2021 Native American Student Affairs Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.  A member...
Nikita Ganesh, graduating with a double major in Chinese language and psychological science, will be awarded the University’s Merrill P. Freeman Medal.  Ganesh is one of two recipients of the medal, which is named in honor of Merrill...

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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Grace Faerber
B.A.
East Asian Studies
2020
B.A.
Global Studies
2020
Dante Lauretta
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