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East Asian Studies

Overview   |   Our Faculty

Our long-standing programs in Japanese Studies and our emerging programs in Chinese Studies enrich the vibrant Earlham curriculum. 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.

For students interested in a concentrated study of East Asia, current programs include a major or minor in Japanese Studies, a minor in Japanese language, and an independent, self-designed major or minor in East Asian Studies or Chinese Studies. A minor in Chinese Studies is now part of the curriculum.

History majors and minors may 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. The study of East Asia also can be a part of many other majors.

A new grant-funded, student-faculty research opportunity for incoming Earlham students will bring together the study of East Asian geology, politics, culture, economics, and language study around a central concept of risk management.

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Our Faculty

Neal Baker
Library Director

Marc Benamou
Professor of Music

Nelson Bingham
Professor Emeritus of Psychology; Special Adviser to the College

Marya Bower
Professor of Philosophy

Eric Cunningham
Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies

Dyron Dabney
Jackson Bailey Memorial Endowed Chair for Japan Study/Institute for Education on Japan; Director of Japan Study and Associate Professor of Politics and Japanese Studies

Rebecca Jestice
Director of Global Management Program; Associate Professor of Global Management

Yasumi Kuriya
Associate Professor of Japanese

Andy Moore
Associate Professor of Geology; 3-2 Engineering Program Liaison

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