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Students pepare to explore a park in Hong Kong’s New Territories, a region of wetlands, gardens, parks, and mountains, during a winter-term trip focusing local and global environmental and socioeconomic challenges in the area, Photo credit: Courtesy of Tim Pelliing
Program Overview

East Asian Studies

Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: East Asian Studies

The East Asian Studies Program is an interdisciplinary major and minor focusing on the region that includes China, Japan, and Korea. The program provides training and practice in East Asian languages and introduces majors to the societies, cultures, and histories of the region through courses in anthropology, art history, cinema, economics, history, literature, politics and religion.

Why Study East Asian Studies at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
Digital Collection
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • EAST 120 - Chinese Calligraphy 4 credits
  • EAST 143 - Approaches to Chinese and Japanese Art 4 credits
  • EAST 322 - Avant Garde in Japanese Literature, Art and Film 4 credits
  • CHIN 456 - Development of the Chinese Language 2 credits

East Asian Studies Faculty

Faculty in East Asian Studies are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. The interdisciplinary nature of the program encourages collaboration across many fields, including economics, world languages, history, religion, and cinema. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

Explore Faculty within East Asian Studies

“Teaching as an East Asianist and Comparatist, I follow Horace, ‘to instruct and delight,’ and Confucius, ‘to analyze and practice what we have just learned.’”

Hsiu-Chuang Deppman, Professor of Chinese and Cinema Studies
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East Asian Studies News

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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.