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Common Career Paths

An undergraduate East Asian Studies degree has many advantages that will help prepare students in a variety of different career areas.

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 courses 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.

Study abroad is strongly supported and encouraged for majors to help ensure that they understand a language and culture other than their own.

 Examples of some Career Options


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Location and Contact

East Asian Studies Program

1277 Social Sciences and Humanities Building

Davis, CA 95616 
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(530) 752-3046 phone
(530) 752-5655 fax

East Asian Studies Advising Center

2216 Social Sciences and Humanities Building
Davis, CA 95616 

(530) 752-9241 phone email

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