The Department of East Asian Studies of Princeton University offers a multi-disciplinary Ph.D. program for the training of graduate students in the general areas of Chinese and Japanese history and literature, Korean cultural studies, Anthropology of East Asia, and in the transnational social and cultural study of contemporary East Asia.

The program has a core faculty of eighteen professors and twenty-four language lecturers and counts on the collaboration of twelve associated faculty in the Departments of Anthropology, Art and Archaeology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Sociology, and in the School of Public and International Affairs. The richness of class offerings and research interests of the combined faculty of the East Asian Studies Program and Princeton University at large offers students a unique opportunity to pursue training in the most varied fields related to China, Japan, and Korea. Students have the chance of acquiring skills, competences, and theoretical mastery in different disciplines within the humanities, media studies, and the social sciences. Research can be dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in established disciplines or in interdisciplinary form; it can be confined to one country or be transnational; and it can focus on specific time periods (antiquity, medieval, early modern, and modern) or cover wider spans of time.

The Department is an active participant in the Council for the Humanities and the Inter-Disciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities.