Department of East Asian Studies

  • How does a historical general become a god? How does an exemplary emperor turn into an evil villain? Is a warrior in a novel the same as a figure made of pixels in a video game? This course investigates the central element to animate the famous Chinese tale Romance of the Three Kingdoms: its heroes.
  • This course introduces the core texts of Japanese narrative, lyric, and thought, ca. 700-1800, with reference to visual and material culture. Topics include performance and the self; gender, marriage politics, and transgressive love; folk arts, transnational influences, and appropriation; ritual, religious transcendence, and death.
  • Introductory Chinese, (CHI 1001) and its subsequent course (CHI 1002), are introductory Chinese courses for true beginners. This course will be taught at half the pace of instruction compared to Elementary Chinese (CHI 101/CHI 102). The goal is to develop students' competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

The Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University invites you to explore the culture, history, societies, politics, and languages of East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea). A total of 54 full-time professors and language lecturers offer students, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the opportunity to study with preeminent scholars and to do research in our world-renowned East Asian Library - home to the Gest rare books collection.

EAS undergraduate courses provide students with a wide range of courses on both the classical traditions and the current world of China, Japan, and Korea.

In the summers, EAS faculty members have been offering a series of Global Seminars in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

Taking EAS language courses can lead students to participate in international programs, such as summer language courses through Princeton in Beijing and Princeton in Ishikawa, amongst others.  Undergraduate students may obtain the A.B. degree in East Asian Studies; earn a departmental Language and Culture Certificate in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean; or earn an EAS Program Certificate in East Asian Studies.

At the graduate level, students focus their doctoral training on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature and history, the traditional strengths of the East Asian Studies Department, with many new offerings on contemporary East Asia.