East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary concentration that seeks to develop a critical understanding of the human experience in East Asia. A concentrator develops language skills, participates in a series of tutorials, and selects from a rich offering of lecture courses and seminars. The program allows students to learn about East Asia as a whole and also to pursue specialized study of one East Asian society: China, Japan, Korea, or Vietnam. Study abroad is strongly encouraged and supported.  Department Website

The concentration offers a broad range of possibilities for students interested in the social sciences or the humanities. Students in EAS may take courses that study modern East Asia through approaches drawn from political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, and psychology. Students with an interest in the humanities can choose to study modern and pre-modern East Asia from the perspectives of history, literature, art history, cultural studies, religion, philosophy, and folklore. The sophomore tutorial introduces a variety of perspective from the humanities and the social sciences, and offers concentrators a forum to interact with Harvard’s East Asia faculty. At the end of the sophomore year, students typically decide on a disciplinary or area focus or choose a comparative perspectives (involving one or more than one area or discipline) in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and their assigned faculty adviser. Juniors take an EAS 98 offering or an approved course to serve as their junior tutorial. Many spend the summer in East Asia doing research or internships. Honors candidates usually spend the senior year researching and writing the honors thesis.

*Though it is administratively housed in the division of Arts & Humanities, this department’s faculty and curricular offerings bridge both Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences.