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Bachelor of Arts

East Asian Studies

Program of Study

With 12 separate language courses encompassing Japanese, Korean and Chinese and a host of accompanying cultural and historical topics to delve into, there is no one way to pursue an East Asian Studies degree. Across disciplines faculty that will support your efforts, using their knowledge and experience to guide you into areas of study that are most fascinating and relevant to you. 

Introductory Course

Choose one or more from:

  • Traditional China and Its Modern Fate
  • China: Its Culture and Heritage
  • Japan: Its Culture and Heritage
  • Korea: Its Culture and Heritage

Intermediate Courses

Choose two or more from:

  • Introduction to the Religions of Japan
  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • Buddhism in East Asia
  • Women in East Asian Literature
  • Survey of Classical Chinese Literature in Translation I
  • Survey of Classical Chinese Literature in Translation II
  • Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
  • Reform and Resistance in Contemporary China
  • China in the Global Arena
  • Chinese Painting
  • History of Premodern China
  • History of Modern China
  • Survey of Traditional Japanese Literature
  • Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • Japanese Pop Culture from Edo to the Present
  • History of Premodern Japan
  • History of Modern Japan
  • History of Premodern Korea
  • History of Modern Korea


Any combination of 10 East Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) credits

Information Literacy Course

Choose One:

  • Chinese Studies Research and Bibliographic Methods
  • Japanese Studies Research and Bibliographic Methods


Choose two or more from:

  • Readings in Buddhist Texts
  • Confucius and Confucianism
  • The History and Culture of Traditional Tibet
  • The Silk Road
  • Classical Chinese Poetry
  • Chinese Travel Literature
  • Readings in Chinese Drama
  • Change in Medieval China
  • Fascism: Japan and Beyond
  • History of Japanese Thought
  • Meiji Literature in Translation
  • World War II: The Japanese View
  • Readings in Japanese Religious Studies

300 or 400 Level Electives

Choose two or more from any upper level EAS, EAC, EAJ or EAK course

Honors Program

Students with 3.50 grade point average are eligible for the Honors Program. In addition to completing the regular requirements for the major in East Asian Studies, students in the Honors Program complete a further six credits of A EAS 495, Colloquium in East Asian Studies.

Language Courses
  • Elementary Chinese I
  • Elementary Chinese II
  • Intermediate Chinese I
  • Intermediate Chinese II
  • Advanced Chinese I
  • Advanced Chinese II
  • Classical Chinese I
  • Classical Chinese II
  • Elementary Japanese I
  • Elementary Japanese II
  • Intermediate Japanese I
  • Intermediate Japanese II
  • Advanced Japanese I
  • Advanced Japanese II
  • Readings in Modern Japanese Literature
  • Readings in Modern Japanese Literature
  • Elementary Korean I
  • Elementary Korean II
  • Intermediate Korean I
  • Intermediate Korean II
  • Advanced Korean I
  • Advanced Korean II


Career Outcomes

You can apply your East Asian Studies degree to a variety of career paths, with the multi-faceted curriculum opening numerous opportunities across fields. The following are just a few of the professional opportunities for program graduates:

  • Government work for the Foreign Service, CIA, FBI, DOD, Agency for International Development or armed services
  • International business, at either a corporation or a nongovernmental organization
  • Education, teaching English as a second language in East Asia
  • Importing or exporting
  • Work in the travel or airline sectors
  • Writing, publishing, journalism, television production or interpreting
  • International relations work within a multinational company
  • Environmental studies or preservation work
  • Curation at a museum



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"The fulfillment and enjoyment I've found in academic history has been in large part thanks to the ongoing guidance, encouragement, inspiration, and friendship of many of the EAS faculty at UAlbany."

- Jeremy Murray, ’01, Professor, CSU San Bernardino

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Students will acquire proficiency in spoken and written language to the advanced college level [Chinese and Japanese majors]
  •  Students will gain elementary proficiency in one or more East Asian language [East Asian Studies majors]
  • Students will gain intermediate proficiency in spoken and written Korean [East Asian Studies majors with a Korean minor]
  • Students will gain familiarity with the highlights of East Asian Literature, History, Religion and Geography. [all majors]
  • Students will acquire an ability to navigate library catalogs and the internet with specific emphasis on Chinese, Japanese and Korean databases and resources in order to conduct research using East Asian Studies materials. [all majors]
  • Students will complete research projects on one or more East Asian Countries [all majors]
  • Students will gain an understanding of native perspectives from a broad exposure to primary material [all majors]

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Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Documentary Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Financial Market Regulation
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History
  • Informatics
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Studies
  • Philosophy
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  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Pre-Education
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  • Public Health
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  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
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  • Social Welfare Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Program Statement

Learn the history, culture, religion, politics or geography of East Asia. Whether your interest is based on uncovering centuries of art and history or understanding this extremely influential region's position in modern world affairs, you'll find your path in the East Asian Studies major at the University at Albany. An experienced faculty, made up of renowned scholars, will help you delve deeper into the subjects and topics of ancient regional practices, contemporary trade policy or anything in between.