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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

Congratulations to the College of Humanities’ Outstanding Senior for Spring 2020, Grace Faerber! Faerber is graduating with a double major in East Asian Studies, Chinese language emphasis, and Global Studies, with a pre-law minor. She has...
With grant funding from the Academy of Korean Studies, Sunyoung Yang is developing the University of Arizona’s Korean Studies program, focusing the curriculum on hands-on projects to attract and excite students.   Yang, an assistant...
Maggie Camp and Robert Stephan have been selected as the College of Humanities 2020 faculty award winners.  Camp, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, is the Distinguished Undergraduate Advising/Mentoring Award recipient. Camp was also...
Two professors in the East Asian Studies Department have been promoted, demonstrating excellent performance in teaching, service and research.  Wenhao Diao is promoted from Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies to tenured Associate...
Grace Faerber, graduating with a double major in East Asian Studies and Global Studies, has been awarded the prestigious Boren Fellowship to fund her graduate study in China.  Faerber, the College of Humanities Outstanding Senior recipient for...
Dear College of Humanities Students,Despite the ever-changing challenges posed by the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the College of Humanities remains focused on two priorities for students: your health and your academic progress toward...

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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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East Asian Studies