East Asian Studies

Degree Type
Department Interdisciplinary
Academic Division The College
Offerings Minor
East Asian studies is a closely coordinated, interdepartmental program representing seven departments and eight disciplines. It offers some 50 courses, ranging from art to culminating in a minor that may be focused upon either China or Japan. Interested students are encouraged to study abroad in East Asia.

East Asian Studies 

Recognizing that Western culture exists in an ever-shrinking and globally connected world, the East Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Program is dedicated to expanding the intellectual horizons of its students to include the cultures of China and Japan. The increasing strategic, economic and social importance of Asia makes it imperative that our students be prepared both theoretically and practically to understand and deal with Asia on many levels.

The East Asian Studies minor approaches the civilizations of China and Japan from multiple standpoints that include their art, history, languages and literatures, religions and philosophies, politics and economics. In the belief that Asia must be directly experienced in order to be understood fully, the East Asian Studies Program stresses the importance of study abroad in China, Taiwan and Japan. Students from these countries also study on the Lexington campus, either through an exchange program or as regular four-year undergraduate students.

  • Summer scholarships are available to study intensive Chinese or Japanese at Washington University in St. Louis with the ALLEX Foundation
  • Study Abroad programs in Asia are approved by W&L and listed on our Center for International Education website
  • The student paper competition allows undergraduate students to compete for a cash prize, registration and lodging for the 2017 annual conference, and publication in ASIANetwork
  • Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts.
  • Conferences— Annual Asia Network Conference
Authentic Japanese Tea Room

W&L's Japanese Tea Room was named Senshin’an 洗心庵 “Clearing-the-Mind Abode” by Sen Genshitsu, 15th-generation Grand Master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea. This architectural treasure was built in the Watson Pavilion on campus, where it serves as a classroom laboratory for the study of Chanoyu 茶の湯, or the Way of Tea, and a center for cultural activities relating to the arts of Japan.

David Bello

Program Head

Cassady Sapp

Administrative Assistant


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