East Asian Studies

Bachelor of Arts

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Bucknell East Asian studies majors 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 ability — all essential skills for job success.

Dive into the rich culture of East Asia

The major in East Asian studies offers a comprehensive view of the past and present of some of the world's oldest and and most vibrant cultures. Join our faculty to explore the region from many perspectives, including:

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

Degree Programs

The major in East Asian studies requires an emphasis on either China or Japan, a minimum of 11 courses, and a culminating senior or honors thesis. The department offers three minors: East Asian studies, Chinese and Japanese.

See detailed major & minor requirements

    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.

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