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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.

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Program Overview

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.

Why Study East Asian Studies at Grand Valley?

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.

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For More Information

East Asian Studies
117 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8110

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this program study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


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

Career Options

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

  • Education
  • Governmental organizations
  • International business
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Social work
  • Tourism
  • The humanities


“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.”