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

Nathaniel Smith, assistant professor of East Asian Studies, has received competitive grant funding from the Japan Foundation to spend a year in Tokyo researching the transforming Kabukicho neighborhood.Smith is one of only five U.S. scholars to...
Oct 22
Michael Puett, Harvard University 7PM @ UA Poetry Center 1508 E. Helen St.Visions of human flourishing that developed in classical China are among the most complex in world philosophy. Focusing on the inter-relations between anthropology, history...
In his new book, Takashi Miura, Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies, analyzes a category of Japanese divinities known as “yonaoshi gods” and their place in early modern Japan.   The expression...
Nov 1
The College of Humanities invites you to celebrate the University of Arizona's 105th Homecoming.Mingle with fellow Humanities alumni at our twilight rooftop mixer and meet Humanities faculty, friends and the 2019 COH Alumna of the Year, Dana...
Nov 2
The College of Humanities invites you to celebrate the University of Arizona's 105th Homecoming. Join us for our annual Young Alumni Brunch (with a mimosa bar!) while we enjoy remarks from our Alumna of the Year, Dana Vandersip (B.A....
photo of Alumna Michelle Yang
UA alumna Michelle Yang, a writer focusing on mental health and wellness whose work has appeared in HuffPost, HelloGiggles and Mochi Magazine, has published a new article for InStyle about Asian stereotypes. She says the piece drew on what she...
The 10th annual Tucson Humanities Festival features 10 events offering thought-provoking lectures, panels, readings and films by faculty and special guests, including poet and author Sandra Cisneros.   As new ideas develop and new...

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 
Theoretical Mathematics
Florence Luna
East Asian Studies
Business Administration
Eric Sands
East Asian Studies