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East Asian Studies Minor

The East Asian Studies (EAS) minor recognizes the importance of Asia in shaping global interconnections and brings together historical and contemporary notions of "Asia" and Asian, Asian American, and Asian diasporic communities. Students in this interdisciplinary program will encounter a balanced liberal arts and professional perspective to support their intercultural knowledge and competence as they embark on careers in an increasingly diverse workforce.

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  • International business
  • International relations
  • Teaching overseas
  • Tourism
  • Government organizations
  • Law and social work
  • Cultural institutions
  • Education

Location & Format

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



Coursework is offered in a variety of subjects, including:

  • History
  • Languages
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Politics
  • Cultures
  • Art
  • Geography
  • Asian American studies

EAS minor requires 22 credits. Study abroad credits count for electives. See catalog for details.

Career Options

East Asian studies can be instrumental for a variety of careers:

For More Information

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

East Asian Studies
117 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8110
[email protected]

Admissions and Recruitment Office


"The knowledge I gained through my minor gave me an advantage over other job candidates. I was selected for a job because I had the background to work with East Asian immigrant communities. It helped me when I was working in the academic world, the nonprofit sector, and in government. All of these roles were quite varied, but I was given the opportunity because of my knowledge of East Asia."