East Asian Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

What you will learn in this program

East Asian Studies scholars ask questions such as: What are the roots and the distinctive features of Chinese and Japanese cultures? How did manga become so popular? What constitutes a Chinese blockbuster and how different is it from Hollywood’s?

East Asian Studies examines the culture, language and history of East Asian civilizations in an interdisciplinary program offering a comprehensive understanding of the rich culture and emerging global power of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan. During your personalized course of studies you will gain a sensitivity to diversity and interconnectedness, conceptual analytic skills, research capabilities, and the ability to communicate in either Chinese or Japanese.

Career opportunities

As an East Asian Studies graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as civil service, the non-profit sector, government positions and the business world. A degree in East Asian Studies can also be used as a stepping-stone to professional degrees in Law, Medicine, Education, Journalism, Diplomacy, Arts, the Performing Arts, and Graduate Studies. The PBS reports that Asian-related careers will be in high demand in the 21st century.

Courses you'll take:

Asian Philosophy, East Asian Values in a Canadian Setting, Introduction to the Calgary Chinese Community, Japanese Culture in an Immersion Setting, ​Understanding Contemporary East Asia

Admission requirements and information

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You’ll be considered for standard admission if you’re in your final year of high school and will complete your senior high school diploma requirements or have graduated from high school and have not attended a post-secondary institution.

You received, or will receive, your high school diploma from Alberta. 

Admission type
Standard Admission

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Your requirements

Deadline: March 1, 2018

You must complete five grade 12 senior level approved courses. Your admission average will be calculated using final grade 11 and at least two grade 12 approved courses. If both grade 11 and 12 grades are provided, the grade 12 grade will be used.

Minimum competitive average

To be competitive your average should be in the Low 70s range

Required Courses


Only one of Art, Dance, Drama, or Music can be used to calculate your average.

Admission considerations for all degree programs are competitive. Please note that admission requirements are subject to change. For detailed and up-to-date information visit our academic calendar.

For more information, please contact the admissions office.

Important information

International Baccalaureate (IB) credits

Applicants who have IB credits but have not completed the IB diploma will receive specific course credit or advanced placement for each Higher Level course completed with a grade of "5" or above. Official IB transcripts are required as part of the evaluation process.

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Advanced Placement credits

Students who present approved courses in AP examinations will automatically receive advanced credit for coursework completed with grades of "4" or higher in AP subjects. Official AP transcripts are required as part of the evaluation process.

See criteria: Advanced Placement credits

Adult (Mature) Students

If you are 21 or older at the commencement of the session to which you are seeking admission, do not have any transferable post-secondary courses completed and do not fully  meet enrolment requirements, you may request admission as an adult (mature) student. Only applicants who are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents will be considered for admission under this category. International students are not eligible for admission under this category. Acceptance under this category is always at the discretion of the faculty to which entry is sought.

Adult (Mature) Students

Diverse Qualifications

The University of Calgary recognizes that excellence means more than academic achievement. If you have achieved excellence outside of academics or have overcome significant hardships, you may seek admission to the university under this policy.

More information about Diverse Qualifications

English Language Proficiency

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission to an undergraduate program.

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Aboriginal Admissions Process

In order to ensure equitable access and successful participation of Aboriginal learners, the University of Calgary has instituted an Aboriginal Admissions Process for qualified Aboriginal applicants seeking admissions to undergraduate programs.

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Important dates and deadlines

Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.

Work experience

Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable, full-time work experience that alternates with your academic studies.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about the combined degree program

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Your cost

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Join our community in fall 2018

We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts
Social Sciences Building, Room 1350
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4