East Asian Studies
Discovery and community: Graduate students share their experiences
Yixin Gu, first-year graduate student in East Asian studies: "Princeton was my first choice when I first decided to advance my Ph.D. research in the United States. Generally, it is known as the right place to seek the highest level of academic challenges and an open-minded spirit for intellectual exchanges. The huge collection of texts and scholarships owned by the Princeton East Asian Library was another thing that attracted me a lot. In the first academic year, the most delightful academic experience for me was that I substantially cultivated a sense of critical thinking on the problematic issues in my research, thanks to the open-minded atmosphere in all my seminars, meetings and academic activities. Teachers and students around me are always ready for bringing new challenges or being challenged by others."
Preparing students to become global citizens
The East Asian Studies Department at Princeton University invites you to explore the culture, history, societies, politics, and languages of East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea). A total of 42 full-time professors and language lecturers offer students, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the opportunity to study with preeminent scholars and to do research in our world-renowned East Asian Library - home to the Gest rare books collection.
EAS undergraduate courses provide students with a wide range of courses on both the classical traditions and the current world of China, Japan, and Korea.
In the summers, EAS faculty members have been offering a series of Global Seminars in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.
Taking EAS language courses can lead students to participate in international programs, such as summer language courses through Princeton in Beijing and Princeton in Ishikawa, amongst others. Undergraduate students may obtain the A.B. degree in East Asian Studies; earn a departmental Language and Culture Certificate in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean; or earn an EAS Program Certificate in East Asian Studies.
At the graduate level, students focus their doctoral training on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature and history, the traditional strengths of the East Asian Studies Department, with many new offerings on contemporary East Asia.