East Asian Studies

The Department of East Asian Studies offers an in-depth and wide-ranging series of courses dealing with the history, culture, and language of pre-modern, modern, and contemporary East Asia. Our program enables students to develop a necessary understanding of China, Japan and Korea as cultures and societies of global importance. 


Admission Information

  • Apply to either the Humanities or Social Sciences admission categories on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Bachelor of Arts Program

  • East Asian Studies (specialist, major and minor options)


First-Year Courses

  • EAS 103H1 – Premodern East Asia
  • EAS 105H1 – Modern East Asia
  • EAS 100Y1 – Modern Standard Chinese I
  • EAS 101Y1 – Modern Chinese for Students with Prior Background
  • EAS 110Y1 – Modern Standard Korean I
  • EAS 120Y1 – Modern Standard Japanese I
  • EAS 121Y1 – Modern Japanese for Students with Prior Background
  • EAS 122Y0 – Summer Japanese in Japan I
  • EAS 110Y1 – Modern Standard Korean I


Advice for First Year

Students who wish to pursue the specialist, major or minor programs in East Asian Studies are required to take EAS 103H1 and EAS 105H1. All students interested in East Asian studies programs are encouraged to begin, as early as possible, the study of Chinese, Japanese or Korean. No language course is required for the minor program.



  • Students who pursue a degree related to East Asia will be rewarded with knowledge, skill, and critical appreciation of the value of the languages, cultures, and socio-economic and political impact of the region. 
  • Some of our graduates work in government, business education and the legal field.  
  • A specialist or major program will serve as a foundation for graduate studies that lead toward careers in higher education and academic research.


Direct career options include:
Education Media
Research International development
Arts and Culture Law
International trade Foreign Service and
non-governmental organizations
Policy and research  



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First Year