East Asian Studies


The Department of East Asian Studies offers a rigorous, innovative and interdisciplinary environment to learn about critical and historical approaches to the study of East Asian arts, cultures, history, languages, literatures, media and social practices. With this major, you can immerse yourself and explore the diversity of classes on offer. 

The department is multidisciplinary and covers everything from anthropology, archaeology, art history, ethnic studies, film and media studies, gender and women's studies, history and literature, to religious studies.  

This unique curriculum in East Asian Studies will allow you to gain an intellectually rich, historically informed, theoretically sophisticated and materially grounded understanding of China, Japan and Korea as spaces of dynamic formation and transformation, all while developing proficiency in languages of the region. 


This major introduces students to East Asian cultures through a range of disciplines, each with their own lens and methodology. A multidisciplinary education can prepare you for many career paths. Having knowledge of multiple languages is an asset in any industry. You could pursue graduate studies or research in the field, or apply your knowledge to work in other areas. 

You could become a professional: 

  • Journalist   
  • Diplomat   
  • Translator  
  • Community worker   
  • Researcher    
  • Historian 

Possible Minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Minors that complement this program:  

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Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Arts.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application. 

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