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East Asian Studies' students are given much flexibility in their educational path. Because the major is inter-disciplinary, students are able to tailor their educational needs to their interests. After taking the core courses, in conjunction with two years or more of either Chinese or Japanese language study, the student chooses five or more additional courses focusing on their special field of interest.

A student considering a business career, for instance, might select a course in the Political Science Department on American-Japanese relations and study international trade and finance in the Economics Department, together with a seminar or individually guided work on the Japanese economy. On the other hand, a major interested in journalism or government service may concentrate on the modern history and politics of both China and Japan, taking courses dealing with modernization, revolution and Marxist theory, and international relations.

East Asian Studies' majors from UC Davis are well prepared for either careers that involve working with East Asian affairs and people or for graduate studies in aspects of East Asian language, economy and culture. Some career choices of recent graduates include journalism, international business, government service, teaching and social services.

Fluency in Chinese or Japanese is an integral part of the major requirement and at least one quarter of study abroad is strongly encouraged for majors to help ensure that they understand a language and culture other than their own.


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  • Preparatory Subject Matter 41-42 units
  • Depth Subject Matter 36 units
  • At least 12 additional upper division Elective units
  • Accepted Major languages: Chinese and Japanese only
  • TOTAL UNITS for Major = 77-78

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Note to double majors: At least one, possibly two courses can overlap between majors.

New courses are added periodically. Please check with the Advisor for updates.

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