East Asian Studies Major

East Asian Studies is a program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of East Asia, defined as including China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Taiwan, Tibet, related borderlands and island groups, and including the study of the East Asian diasporas overseas.

East Asian Studies majors and degree programs generally require at least two years of modern Chinese, Japanese, or another Asian language taught at UCSB (they include Tibetan, Hindi, and Sanskrit) and courses introducing East Asian history and culture. Electives include courses may include anthropology, history, literature, cinema, and religious studies

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in East Asian Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " East Asian Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in East Asian Studies?

A degree in this field offers students the opportunity to launch careers in sectors ranging from creative to analytical roles.  People generally can find work either in an East Asian country, in an international Asian company with offices all over the world, or in a multicultural city like London or New York.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in East Asian Studies:

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

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