East Asian studies

A traditional Japanese garden, complete with a pond and a tall pagoda in the background.

Undergraduate minor

About the minor

The East Asian studies minor explores a dynamic region encompassing some of the largest world economies and some of the oldest civilizations. This minor allows students to focus on Japan, China, Korea, drawing on a wide-ranging curriculum with courses in anthropology, art history, Chinese language and literature, dance, film, geography, history, international studies, Japanese language and literature, linguistics, Korean language and culture, political science, and religious studies.

A little more info

  • East Asian studies offers many potential specializations, such as language learning for translation or interpretation; social developments, economic and trade relations; and political developments, cultural competencies, and histories.
  • Many students in fields like literature, economics, history, and global studies find East Asian studies relevant to their academic interests and career goals.
  • Majors often complement their course work with a year or more of residence in Asia, including programs in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
  • Students receive plenty of support and have access to resources and learning tools through two UO campus resources, the Yamada Language Center and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.

Career opportunities

Knowledge of a country’s history, culture, and economy, as well as language proficiency, can prepare students for a wide range of careers in journalism and communication, business, government service, and teaching and social services. Alumni of this program include executives, marketing managers, editors, social and human service assistants, teachers, and lawyers (Source: EMSI).

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