East Asian Studies

Bachelor of Arts

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Students who pursue East Asian studies delve deeply into Asia and the Pacific Rim, a thriving region that brims with rich culture, centuries of history and nations that are key global players in the 21st century. Gain perspective, multicultural awareness and critical-reasoning abilities — all essential skills for job success.

Degree Programs

The East Asian studies department offers three majors and minors:

  • Chinese, focused on the history, culture and language of China
  • Japanese, focused on the history, culture and language of Japan
  • East Asian studies, which emphasizes broad exposure to both Chinese and Japanese cultures

See detailed major & minor requirements

Dive into the rich tapestry of East Asia

Each of these majors provides a comprehensive view of the past and present of some of the world's most vibrant regions. With guidance from expert faculty, you'll explore them from many perspectives, including:

  • Language
  • Literature
  • Arts
  • History
  • Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Technology

Find your path to East Asian studies at Bucknell

  • Torii gates in Japan

    Plan Your East Asian Adventure

    Study Abroad

    The Department of East Asian Studies participates in numerous nationally renowned programs for study abroad — including our Bucknell in Japan summer program and our yearlong affiliated program at Doshisha University in Kyoto — offering students a variety of ways to study for a semester or a year overseas. We encourage East Asian studies majors to spend their junior year in China or Japan.

  • Harold Meij

    Bucknell Grad is New Japan Pro-Wrestling CEO


    Harold Meij '86 says he was drawn to Bucknell by the opportunity to pursue the liberal arts as well as professional studies by majoring in Japanese/East Asian studies and business administration. Bucknell also is where he learned to embrace diversity.

    "Going to Bucknell gave me a great deal of confidence, and the diversity also served me well — not just the mix of overseas students and people from all over the country, but the range of subjects [offered]," he says.

Contact Details

East Asian Studies