The Department of East Asian Studies (EAS) offers a wide range of undergraduate classes at the highest standards of academic, linguistic and cultural competence focused on China, Korea and Japan. Majors complete coursework in literature, history, anthropology, media and cultural studies of China, Korea and Japan. They engage in both transnational and local perspectives, and their work spans premodern and contemporary contexts.
While the EAS major allows in-depth study and first-hand experience of East Asia, the minor programs in Chinese, Japanese or Korean language encourage students to combine their interests in East Asian languages and civilizations with other majors they pursue at Princeton.
The Chinese, Japanese and Korean language programs offer instruction from elementary to highly advanced levels. All language classes are taught exclusively by professional instructors and operate entirely in the primary language in terms of reading materials, classroom discussion and assignments. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Princeton summer language programs Princeton in Beijing (Beijing, China), Princeton in Ishikawa (Kanazawa, Japan) and Princeton in Korea (Seoul, South Korea).