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What is East Asian Studies?

Undergraduate study of East Asia at UC Davis is not concentrated in a single department. The major draws faculty from many disciplines, including anthropology, history, sociology, economics, political science, religion, languages, and literature.

The UC Davis program recognizes that East Asian studies majors often come to the University with little or no background in Asian cultures, and that the career possibilities are exceptionally varied. To meet these two problems, the program offers a background core of basic courses in East Asian history, humanities, social sciences, and languages, plus a wide range of more advanced and specialized courses from which student and advisor tailor an individualized program of study.

Students majoring in other fields, such as literature, economics, history, international relations, even agricultural sciences may find courses in East Asian studies relevant to their particular career goals or academic interests. Also a number of students have undertaken double majors, combining East Asian studies with another area of study. The faculty are as eager to introduce some appreciation of East Asia to future textile engineers, doctors, and agronomists, as they are to train Asian specialists.

Student Learning Objectives for the East Asian Studies Major

Students who earn a B.A. in East Asian Studies (EAS) at UC Davis are expected to be able to:
1.  Communicate in and understand basic Chinese or Japanese, engage in intelligent conversation with vigor and clarity, and comprehend simple texts in such media as newspaper, books, and magazines;
2.  Effectively comprehend and analyze aspects of the civilizations of East Asia as manifested in such areas as its sociopolitical systems, literary/artistic expressions, and sociological and economic trends;
3.  Effectively acquire standard scholarly acumen appropriate to critical analyses in the humanities, social sciences, and languages as they relate to East Asia.  

Assessment of student competence in the East Asian Studies major will be based on the students’ successful completion of all requirements for the EAS major.  Since all courses taken by students are offered by separate academic departments covering a wide range of disciplines, assessment of learning objectives follows established standards practiced at the various department levels.  Linguistic competence in either Chinese or Japanese, depending on the concentration of the student, is guaranteed through vigorous standards established by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.  Competence in core courses as well as other electives required for the major is likewise measured against academic standards established by individual host departments.  In addition, any transfer of units from courses taken abroad through such programs as the university’s Education Abroad Program will be carefully scrutinized by the EAS academic advisor before final approval will be given.     

What Can I Do with My Degree?

Career opportunities for graduates of this bachelor's program exist in government departments, the diplomatic service or private corporations with business concerns in Asia. Other opportunities may include: writer, market research specialist, archivist, museum curator, Foreign Service officer, non-profit administrator, foreign student advisor, government agency, politician, historic preservation specialist, professor/educator, community affairs specialist, historic site administrator, import/export specialist, international banker, public policy advisor, international consultant, public relations specialist, international relations advisor, international trade specialist, translator, cultural affairs officer, interpreter, travel consultant, and international conference planner.


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Committee Members


  • Katharine Burnett (Art History) -- Director
  • David Gundry (East Asian Languages & Cultures, Japan)
  • Beverly Bossler (History)
  • Ethan Scheiner (Political Science)
  • Xiao-Ling Shu (Sociology)
  • Li Zhang (Anthropology)
  • Sheldon Lu (Comparative Literature)
  • Kim Kyu-hyun (History)
  • Eddy U (Sociology)



For more information,

Please look over the links below for more information about EAS.

The Major Information

The Minor Information

What is Non-Impacted Major?

Courses Offered

Frequently Asked Questions

East Asian Studies vs. Other Majors Comparison Chart

Related Links

General Catalog

Japanese Major

Chinese Major

International Relations Major

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East Asian Studies

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