East Asian Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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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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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 paid 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 combined degree program options.

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts
Social Sciences Building, Room 1350
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.3580