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.

News & Events

A message from Albert Welter, Head of the East Asian Studies Department "I’m happy to report the extraordinary success of the China Showcase event on the UA Mall yesterday (Friday). I hope you all had a chance to attend. It was...
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“Community Regeneration and Public Art, “ international conference co-organized by the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona and Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, China, November 26-27, 2018.
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At the University of Arizona’s Graduate and Professional Student Council Showcase on February 13th, 2019, Jingyi Li, a second year PhD student in the East Asian Studies department was awarded First Place in the category of Communication...
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A New History of Medieval Japanese Theatre This book traces the history of noh and kyōgen, the first major Japanese theatrical arts. Going beyond P. G. O'Neill's Early Nō Drama of 1958, it covers the full period of noh's...
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College of Humanities double major Rob Lisak is featured as the UA Honors College student of the week.  Lisak majors in Religious Studies and East Asian Studies and talked with the Honors College about his experiences studying abroad in...
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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