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East Asian Studies Minor

China, with five thousand years of civilization, more than a billion people, and a fast-growing economy, and Japan, with its unparalleled economic success, demand attention from the world.

Courses and Requirements

Course Offerings

Study Plan

Program Offerings

The East Asian studies (EAS) program balances a liberal arts and professional approach to understanding the economic potential, rich cultural resources, and the basic need for intercultural relationships with China and Japan. Students who minor in East Asian studies gain intercultural knowledge and competence that benefits them in this increasingly globalized world. EAS minors can participate in a number of study abroad programs. Visit for more details.

Career Options

East Asian studies can be instrumental for a variety of careers, including those in:

  • Education
  • Governmental organizations
  • International business
  • International relations


Students study a variety of subjects, including: 

  • East Asian history
  • East Asian literature
  • Eastern philosophy
  • East Asian religions
  • Geography of Asia

Why Study East Asian Studies?

The program:

  • Prepares students for an increasingly diverse world of peoples, cultures, religions, and economies.
  • Is a gateway to gaining communicative and intercultural skills in a global economy.
  • Provides opportunities for study abroad and cultural enrichment.
  • Offers a unique perspective on China and Japan and is a valued complement to any major program.

Contact Us

Patrick Shan
EAS Program Coordinator

D-1-130 Mackinac Hall
Telephone: (616) 331-8504

Interested in EAS minor and want to know more about the program? Please email us!