Department of East Asian Studies

  • Chair

    Martin Kern

  • Departmental Representative

    Franz Prichard

  • Director of Graduate Studies

    Thomas D. Conlan

  • Professor

    Chih-p'ing Chou

    Thomas D. Conlan, also History

    Sheldon M. Garon, also History

    Martin Kern

    Willard J. Peterson, also History

    Anna M. Shields

  • Visiting Professor

    Shinji Yoshikawa

  • Associate Professor

    Amy B. Borovoy

    Janet Y. Chen, also History

    Steven Chung

    Pieter Christian Aize Keulemans

    Federico Marcon, also History

    Atsuko Ueda

  • Assistant Professor

    He Bian, also History

    Ksenia Chizhova

    Erin Yu-Tien Huang, also Comparative Literature

    Franz K. Prichard

    Brian R. Steininger

    Xin Wen, also History



  • Senior Lecturer

    Shinji Sato

    Jing Wang

  • Lecturer

    Ho Jung Choi

    Qifan Ding

    Shutan Dong

    Wei Gong

    Luanfeng Huang

    Eunjung Ji

    Yike Li

    Ning Liu

    Xiang Lu

    Hisae Matsui

    Keiko Ono

    Christopher Schad

    Tomoko Shibata

    Yukari Tokumasu

    Tingting Wang

    Ding Wang-Bramlett

    Jing Xie

    Jae Rim Yoon

    Yuseon Yun

    Xin Zou

  • Associated Faculty

    Thomas J. Christensen, Woodrow Wilson School, Politics

    Christina Davis, Woodrow Wilson School, Politics

    Thomas W. Hare, Comparative Literature

    Jacqueline I. Stone, Religion

    Stephen F. Teiser, Religion

    Rory Truex, Politics

    Cheng-hua Wang, Art and Archaeology

    Andrew M. Watsky, Art and Archaeology

    Yu Xie, Sociology

The Department of East Asian Studies (EAS) provides undergraduate concentrators with a broad-ranging knowledge of the languages and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea.

Information and Departmental Plan of Study

Concentrators are required to achieve proficiency in one East Asian language through the third-year level, and take eight departmental courses. The departmentals must include the junior seminar (EAS 300), at least two of the five courses HIS/EAS 207-208, HUM/EAS/COM 233-234, or EAS 229, and at least one course on pre-modern Asia. A single course may not be used to satisfy two requirements, with the exception of HIS 207 and HUM 233, either of which may be used to satisfy the requirement of a course on premodern Asia. A minimum of six of the eight departmentals must be EAS-prefixed courses. The remaining two may be language-courses at or above the 300 level (after the three-year proficiency requirement is fulfilled), or any language courses in a second East Asian language.

Advanced Placement

Students seeking advanced placement should consult the departmental representative.


1. One year of language study in one East Asian language

2. One 200-level EAS course

Early Concentration

Students who meet the prerequisites for entrance into the department may be admitted and begin their Studies as EAS concentrators in the second term of their sophomore year.

General Requirements

I. Language Proficiency
Language proficiency through the third year in one East Asian language.

II. Departmental Courses
Eight departmental courses (“departmentals”) fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Six EAS-prefix courses, which must include
    a) The Junior Seminar (EAS 300) as an introductory methods survey course, generally taken fall of the junior year
    b) Two of the following transnational courses:
        -History of East Asia to 1800 (HIS/EAS 207)
        -East Asia since 1800 (HIS/EAS 208)
        -Contemporary East Asia (EAS 229)
        -East Asian Humanities I: The Classical Foundations (HUM/EAS/COM 233)
        -East Asian Humanities II: Tradition and Transformations (HUM/EAS/COM 234)
    c) At least one course on pre-modern East Asia
    Note: Either HIS 207 or HUM 233, when taken in fulfillment of (b), may also be used simultaneously towards requirement (c), however the course will only count towards one of the six required EAS-prefix departmentals.
  2. Two additional courses, which may be
       -EAS courses including courses cross-listed with EAS
       -Cognate courses approved by the Departmental Representative
       -Language courses at or above the 300 level (after the three-year proficiency requirement is fulfilled)
       -Any second East Asian language courses

Independent Work

Junior Year. In the fall term the student participates in the departmental junior seminar (EAS 300), and also writes a junior independent work. In the spring, the student writes a second junior independent work under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member. At the end of the junior year, the student begins to draft a proposal for the senior thesis.

Senior Year. Each student prepares a senior thesis in consultation with an appropriate member of the faculty. The senior thesis represents the culmination of the undergraduate curriculum. It should be an original contribution to scholarship on East Asia, based at least in part on source materials in the student's language of specialization.

Senior Departmental Examination

At the end of the spring term, the student appears before a faculty committee for an oral defense of the thesis. In addition, each senior will take written comprehensive examinations in two fields selected from the core areas of history, literature, culture, and society taught in the department. If the two fields concern the same country, one must be premodern and one modern. Sample questions will be provided.

Study Abroad

The Department of East Asian Studies offers varied opportunities for overseas study in East Asia. Concentrators, certificate students, and non-concentrators are encouraged to take advantage of intensive summer or year-long language study and/or internships. The programs hosted by East Asian studies are the intensive Chinese and Japanese language programs in Beijing, China, and Kanazawa, Japan. Upon graduation, students will normally find themselves prepared to begin graduate work at a higher level because of such foreign language experience and training. The department also encourages students to participate in extended internships or study programs in East Asia.

Scholarship aid is available to concentrators and non-concentrators for both summer and year-long programs. Students should contact the East Asian studies program office for these funding opportunities. Students should also contact the Office of International Programs about other sources of funding. Application deadlines are early in the academic year. More information is available from the directors of the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language programs, or from the Department of East Asian Studies website.

Certificate in Language and Culture

1. Seven language courses, three or more of which must be beyond the second-year level.
2. At least one EAS or cognate course in linguistics, religion, history, or anthropology.
3. Independent research (20 to 25 pages) based at least in part on Chinese, Japanese, or Korean sources dealing with aspects of East Asia. The topic must be in the humanities or social sciences. The paper could be either an original piece of research or a junior paper or senior thesis. If the paper or thesis is written for another department, at least half of the work must be on East Asia.

EAS Program Certificate

1. Two years (four courses) of study of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. At least two of the four courses must be at the second-year level or higher.
2. Four East Asia content courses, one of them being a 200-level course.
3. Written work, which may be a senior thesis, a junior paper, or an independent research paper with an East Asian topical component.

East Asian studies concentrators focusing on one language can earn a language and culture certificate in the other, but may not also earn an East Asian studies program certificate.

Cognates. A list of cognate courses in other departments can be found on the departmental website.