East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies is one of the largest and most interdisciplinary fields of study at Oberlin, focusing on the region that includes China, Japan, and Korea. Students study languages coupled with East Asian history, literature, religion, art history, politics, and anthropology.


Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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East Asian Studies Faculty and Staff
EAS Faculty and Staff

Students who yearn to understand and discover the world beyond the U.S. borders, the Internet, or popular culture should consider the language program at Oberlin. One of the largest and most diverse academic programs at the college is the East Asian Studies Program. Its ties to China date to the late 19th century when graduates began to study and work there. More recently, students from China, Japan, and Korea have come to Oberlin to pursue a liberal arts education in an environment that celebrates East Asian languages, cultures, and history.

East Asian studies is one of the oldest interdisciplinary programs at the college. Majors take courses in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language, and East Asian history, literature, religion, art history, politics, and anthropology. Many students double major, pairing the program with biology, music, neuroscience, or chemistry.

East Asian Studies News

Who Am I?

March 1, 2021

Sachiko Kondo’s teaching interests include language pedagogy, content-based instruction, and second language acquisition. Read more about Kondo in this installment of Who Am I?
The portrait of a woman.

From Double Major to Law School: Emily Kelly-Olsen ’19

July 22, 2020

A student athlete, Kelly-Olsen discovered her passion for politics and East Asian studies at Oberlin. She is currently a student at University of Michigan Law School and working as an associate at a law firm in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.
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East Asian Studies Facilities

Asia House (Quadrangle)

Asia House is among the largest of all the college’s Program Houses with an average of 80 residents.
Asia House courtyard area with outdoor tables and chairs.

Peters Hall

World language classrooms and offices for academic services and programs are found in this picturesque building completed in 1887 and renovated in 1996.
Peters Hall