East Asian Studies
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.
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 gvsu.edu/pic for more details.
Coursework is offered in a variety of subjects, including:
- East Asian history
- East Asian literature
- Eastern philosophy
- East Asian religions
- Geography of Asia
- East Asian languages
- East Asian cultures
East Asian studies can be instrumental for a variety of careers, including those in:
- Governmental organizations
- International business
- International relations
- Social work
- The humanities
Why Study East Asian Studies at Grand Valley?
- 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.
“I am very proud that we have a broad range of faculty expertise across various disciplines of East Asian studies, including East Asian languages, literature, history, politics, economics, philosophy, religion, sociology, geography, communications, and education. Grand Valley is in a unique position to offer a strong EAS program in West Michigan, and our students should really take advantage of this rich resource.”
PEIMIN NI, PH.D.