East Asian Studies

East Asian studies is available to students as a self-designed major or minor. Courses in East Asian studies can also be a part of many other majors at Earlham.

Program details

Earlham’s long-standing programs in Japanese studies and our programs in Chinese studies offer many opportunities for a student-designed course of study. In addition to Japanese and Chinese language study, students can engage with a variety of courses that focus on East Asia, take advantage of study abroad opportunities in both Japan and China, and immerse themselves in varied co-curricular opportunities that bring East Asia to our campus.

Related programs at Earlham include

East Asian studies can also be a significant part of other majors. History majors, for example, and minors may also choose East Asia as one of their focuses. International studies majors can choose Japan or China as their focus by studying the language and participating in study abroad. Chinese and Japanese also may serve as one of the focus languages for a comparative languages and linguistics major.

Self-directed learning can be one of the most important aspects of a liberal arts education. Student-designed and initiated courses are valuable in that they encourage and require you to take responsibility for your educational process. Additionally, these courses provide opportunities to augment the existing curriculum to better suit your individual educational interests.

Read more about student-designed and initiated courses.

Our faculty

As an interdisciplinary program that examines issues through multiple lenses, our faculty come from a variety of departments, including music, liberal studies, Japanese studies, politics, global management and Earth and environmental science.

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