Academics

The ability to master the Chinese or Japanese language at a professional level, together with deep cultural knowledge of East Asia allows our graduates to become true global citizens in an increasingly interconnected world. We offer exciting and new perspectives for a deeper understanding of East Asia, both as it is today and throughout its long history, but also precious competences that may open the path for professional careers in the US and abroad.

Alumni of our majors have gone on to pursue successful careers in fields as diverse as software and game design, academia, law, banking, broadcasting, diplomacy, international business, public service, teaching and the arts, in the US and abroad. Indeed, China, Japan, and Korea offer attractive job markets for US graduates with linguistic and cultural competence.

Undergraduate Program

The department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in three areas:

All majors include coursework in East Asian cultural studies (involving one or more East Asian countries). For courses associated with each major, see the Course Catalog.

Graduate Program

We offer an M.A. Program with two different tracks and a Ph.D. Program for which students can apply either with a B.A. or an M.A. Please use the menu to the left to access many more details about our program, degree requirements, and major areas of study.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact the Undergraduate and Graduate Program Assistant:
Ruby Gutierrez: rgutierrez@hfa.ucsb.edu
Graduate Division Website: http://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/