Study civilizations, cultures and the contemporary importance of East Asia.

Explore the rich cultural heritage and the political and economic significance of the region through courses in anthropology, history, government, art history, literature and religious studies. Prepare intellectually, linguistically, and personally for further graduate work or professional careers as East Asian specialists.

  • Uncovering the history of ancient civilizations
  • Discovering the literary and cinematic traditions of other cultures
  • Assessing Western perceptions and misperceptions of China and Japan
  • Studying the role of women and feminism in other cultures
  • Exploring the geography of other nations from a religious, political, and cultural perspective


Life After Lawrence

Lawrentians can enjoy careers in...

Education, business and finance, diplomacy, global health and development, translation, information technology, study abroad programming, community and social services, entrepreneurship

Recent employers include...

Healthy Step Technologies Japan Co., Ltd., MISUMI USA, Google, BYG Advantage, V-cube Inc., The Field Museum, Institute of International Education, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), CIEE Teach in Korea

Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in...

East Asian studies, Chinese and Japanese, public policy, business, law, multicultural teaching and learning, international affairs, philosophy, ecology and evolutionary biology, social work, marketing and international management, traditional East Asian medicine

At places like...

Columbia University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Minnesota, Marquette University, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Examine East Asian cultures through six lenses

Unlike at other colleges, East Asian Studies courses are not bound by a single department. Instead, you have the unique opportunity to engage your subject matter through anthropology, art history, government, history, literature, and religious studies, allowing you to more deeply comprehend the complexities of East Asian cultures.

Enhance your analytical skills with a new language

Achieve in-depth and critical understanding of East Asia, not only through coursework taught in English, but also with deep study of two languages essential to the region: Chinese or Japanese.

Experience China and Japan firsthand

Strengthen your Chinese or Japanese language skills in the streets and classrooms of Beijing, Shanghai or Tokyo through rich off-campus study programs and opportunities.

Explore the world's most rapidly expanding economies and cultures

Beginning with a foundation in traditional and modern East Asian history, you will be prepared to analyze how political and cultural traditions have evolved with modernization, and examine contemporary areas of social change, preparing you for further graduate or professional work as an East Asian specialist.

Components of the Major

  • At least one Chinese or Japanese language course at the advanced intermediate level or higher 
  • One course that situates East-Asian culture in a broader academic or international context
  • Traditional East Asian Civilization
  • Modern East Asian Civilization
  • Three elective courses from (e.g.):
  • Cross-Cultural Interactions Along the Silk Road, 200 BCE - 1400 CE;
  • The Transformation of the East Asian Metropole: Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai (1860-1945)
  • Half the Sky: Chinese Women's History
  • The Arts of East Asia
  • Chinese Contemporary Film
  • Theorizing the Female Body in East Asian Art
  • Introduction to East Asian Linguistics
  • Ethnography of Japan
  • The Art of Healing: A History of Chinese Medicine

Course descriptions and more courses.

The Chandler Senior Experience

Senior Seminar in East Asian Studies is a senior level workshop culminating in the completion of a substantial paper or project derived from previous coursework in the discipline or related fields or field experience in consultation with department faculty.


Mandarin and Martians: A Reevaluation of Chinese Representation in Hollywood Cinema

The Fujoshi Resistance: Subversion in Boy's Love Manga and Fandom Culture

Evolving Patterns: Conflicting Perceptions of Cultural Preservation and the State of Batik's Cultural Inheritance among Women Artisans in Guizhou, China

Tus Kws Kho Hniav: The Hmong Dentist, a Study on Hmong Herbal Medicine

Examining the Transmission of Korean Cultural Nationalism in Popular South Korean Media