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East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies Director: Don Wyatt (History)
Office: Axinn Center at Starr Library 343

East Asian Studies consists of the interdisciplinary study of the civilizations of East Asia, that is, China and Japan as well as Korea and Vietnam. On the one hand, as a cohesive region, East Asia evinces considerable cultural continuity. On the other hand, the various modern nation-states that comprise East Asia differ in language, literature, art, history, philosophy, religion, politics, economics, and social institutions.

As an East Asian Studies major, you will be exposed intensively to the traditions of your country of focus as well as to its contemporary challenges confronted within a regional and global context. You will find your in-depth preparatory training in the principal language and social mores of a selected East Asian national culture complemented by unique perspectives acquired through immersion while studying abroad. 

Our majors attend Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad, hosted by local universities, in the following locations:

Many majors also attend the college's summer language schools in Chinese, Japanese, and/or Korean.

Sample Courses:

  • ANTH 0335 The Anthropology of China
  • CHNS 0219 The Chinese Literary Tradition (in translation)
  • CHNS 0270 Chinese Sociolinguistics
  • ECON 0232 The Chinese Economy
  • HARC 0270 Chinese Art
  • HIST 0112 Modern East Asia
  • JAPN 0212 Japanese Pop Culture
  • JAPN/RELI 0228 Japanese Religions
  • JAPN 0290 The Tale of Genji (in English)
  • PSCI 0221 Contemporary Chinese Politics

Program in International and Global Studies

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