Students who want to explore the languages and cultures of East Asia in some depth, but whose primary interests lie elsewhere, may choose a minor in East Asian Studies. The 24-hour minor combines a 6-hour core in East Asian culture, 12 hours of upper division Asian language, and 6 hours of electives taught in English.

Fast Facts:
  • Boasts exchange partnerships with six universities in Korea, Japan, and China
  • Active member of the ASIANetwork
  • Leader among liberal arts colleges with East Asia programs
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What You'll Study

Discover East Asia through the study of culture, history, and language


Expertise Across the Campus

Hailing from a dozen departments and programs our dedicated faculty have built a diverse curriculum focused on key issues, global relationships, and hands-on experience. Students are culturally and academically prepared to be future leaders in many sectors of the global environment.

Stephen Lee Field
Stephen Lee Field, Ph.D.
J.K. and Ingrid Lee Endowed Professor of Chinese Language & Literature, Modern Languages and Literatures
Jie Zhang
Jie Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
Headshot of faculty member Daniel Lehrmann
Daniel Lehrmann, Ph.D.
Gertrude and Walter Pyron Professor of Geosciences, Geosciences
Zhaoxi Liu
Zhaoxi (Josie) Liu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication
Gina Anne Tam
Gina Anne Tam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, History
Shage Zhang
Shage Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Finance and Decision Sciences

Student Opportunities

EAST sponsors Trinity study abroad programs in China in business, ecology, and geoscience.


Students can apply for a number of scholarships and grants towards study abroad opportunities through the Center for International Engagement.

Research Opportunities

Qualified students may be accepted for undergraduate research fellowships in ecological civilization in China every summer, and the East Asian Studies...

Study Abroad

Improve your Chinese and experience unique cultures through study abroad. Opportunities range from advanced language immersion to ecological...


EAST sponsors the Shanghai study abroad program, which includes a one-month internship in a company, NGO, institute of the student’s choice in...

Student Organizations

EAST serves as academic sponsor for the Chinese Language and Culture Club, Japan Culture Club, and Vietnamese Students Association, in which students...

Student Awards and Recognition

The Phoenix Award for Outstanding Student in East Asian Studies.

Lecture Series and Annual Events

The annual EAST Reception is held during Fall Family Weekend, when faculty, alumni, and former students are invited to meet current students and their...

When You Graduate

Crossing borders with EAST

Prepare yourself for global careers by combining the study of East Asian languages with the intercultural study of the social sciences and business.


Graduates from EAST are culturally prepared to conduct business, practice their professions, and help shape U.S. policy and political relations in a region that is home to a quarter of the world's population.

Graduate School Programs

  • Academia
  • Business Administration
  • International Business
  • Law
  • Public Policy


    Graduate Schools Attended

    • Arizona State University (PhD)
    • Boston University (JD)
    • Harvard University (MA)
    • New York University
    • University of Michigan (MA)
    • University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law (JD)
    • University of Texas (MPA)
    • Washington University


        Career Areas:

        • Business
        • International Relations
        • Political Science

        Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:

        • AtmosAir Asia
        • Baker & Mckenzie Attorneys at Law, Shanghai
        • Deloitte Touche Beijing
        • Sears Holdings Hong Kong


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