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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.



  • 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 major, specialist 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.


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