East Asia is a region of great economic power and cultural influence.  Knowledge of East Asia is essential for success in an interdependent world.

Is the 21st Century going to be the century of the Pacific Rim? 

The most vibrant economies in the world sit on the far side of the Pacific: China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. As East Asian studies majors at Ursinus learn, however, these aren’t just lands of cutting edge design, technological innovation, and economic wizardry. East Asia is a vast tapestry that draws on its great regional diversity, its deep cultural heritage, and the powerful imagination of its people to weave together a tapestry of history, literature, philosophy, religion, art, and innovation that spans almost 3,000 years.

Drawing on this incredible wealth, East Asian studies majors at Ursinus immerse themselves in a multidisciplinary program drawing on anthropology, art, history, modern languages, philosophy, religion, theater, politics, and international relations. The East Asian studies major prepares students for careers in business, law, and government, as well as teaching. Students gain expertise in East Asian history, culture, politics, literature, and language. All majors complete advanced language work and a supervised capstone project. 

Ursinus College offers full programs in Chinese and Japanese language, and provides study abroad opportunities in China, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. 


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Why choose Ursinus?

Our Extensive Library Holdings
Grants from the Japan Foundation and gifts from Tohoku Gakuin University, among other major gifts, and aggressive purchasing with existing funds have enabled Ursinus to acquire extensive library holdings of Chinese and Japanese materials.

Our Art Collection
Additionally, the Berman Museum of Art on Ursinus’ campus has an outstanding collection of postwar Japanese woodblock prints as well as more traditional objects.

Our Location
Ursinus’ proximity to Philadelphia provides access to the vast resources of the Japan-American Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Chinese Cultural Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.