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East Asian Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies includes two years of language training in one of the three East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean), in addition to coursework in aspects of East Asian society and culture. It has been designed as a flexible program for students who want basic language training as well as the opportunity to study a variety of topics and approaches to the culture and history of East Asian countries. Our undergraduate degree programs build the foundation for careers in business, international relations, cultural exchanges, and other occupations with a focus on East Asia.

Admission requirements

First-year admission standards

High school curriculum & equivalency prerequisites

  • 8 credits (semesters) of English, such as literature, grammar, or composition
  • 7 credits (semesters) of mathematics, including:
    • 4 credits of algebra and 2 credits of geometry (or an equivalent 6 credits of integrated algebra and geometry)
    • 1 credit of pre-calculus, trigonometry, or calculus
  • 6 credits (semesters) of social sciences, including:
    • 2 credits of U.S. history
    • 2 credits of world history/civilization/geography
    • 2 additional credits in government, economics, sociology, history, or similar topics
  • 6 credits (semesters) of sciences, including at least 4 credits of laboratory sciences: biology, chemistry, or physics
  • 4 credits (semesters) of world languages
  • 3 or more credits (semesters) of additional college-preparatory courses
    • Additional mathematics credits are recommended for students intending to pursue a science degree
    • Additional world language credits are recommended for all students

Average high school GPA

3.90 (out of 4.0)

Secondary school graduation requirement

You need to complete the equivalent of U.S. high school. Many education systems call this upper secondary school. It includes all course components and examinations required for graduation.

If you are homeschooled or attend an alternative school, you need to submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability.

Demonstration of English proficiency

IU Bloomington requires all nonnative English-speaking international undergraduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency.

For more information about admission requirements in each IU school, please contact the institute.

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Program content

This degree program has multiple concentrations:

  • Chinese.
  • Japanese.
  • Korean.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please contact the university for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Indiana residents: $11,332 per year
  • Non-residents: $38,352 per year


Through the major

  • The major in East Asian Studies provides you with a set of skills and qualities that are relevant and transferable to many areas of study and work. These include:
  • Regional expertise: understand and describe several features of East Asian societies and their variations, in relation to politics, economics, literature, cinema, and/or history
  • Language competence: speak, read, listen, and write in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean at the lower intermediate level
  • Methods of analysis: be able to interpret information about East Asian through multiple disciplinary lenses
  • Research synthesis: gain skills to develop evidence-based arguments, assess the strengths of the arguments of others, and defend your own position
  • Communication: the ability to communicate knowledge-facts, concepts, arguments-about East Asia, both orally and in writing, with experts and non-specialists

Through a College of Arts and Sciences degree

Your coursework provides many opportunities to develop the following five foundational skills that will serve you well in every career path:

  • Question critically
  • Think logically
  • Communicate clearly
  • Act creatively
  • Live ethically

These foundational skills will aid you in landing your first job and advancing professionally throughout your working life. Not only are these the skills that employers say they value most in the workplace, they provide the best preparation for lifelong success in a world of complexity, uncertainty, and change.

Career opportunities

East Asian Studies majors become consultants, sales associates, researchers, educators, tourism advisors, translators, journalists, or communications specialists, among many other options.

Initial and long-term destinations for graduates include positions in many job sectors:

  • Security clearance officer (U.S. Marines)
  • Information technology consultant
  • Business consultant
  • Business analyst
  • Associate product manager
  • Broker at an investment firm
  • English teacher abroad
  • Magazine writer/copy editor

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Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University in Bloomington (IU) was founded in 1820 and is one of the largest universities in the United States. IU is one of only 34 public university members of the selective Association of American Universities. Its 42,000 students come...

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107 S. Indiana Avenue
47405 Bloomington Indiana
United States of America

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