East Asian Studies

If you have a strong personal interest in Asia, East Asian studies is a great way to focus a generalized major, such as history, economics or sociology, around a subject that interests you.

East Asian Studies includes introduction to either Japanese or Mandarin, courses in Asian politics and history, plus global-themed courses in business, politics, economics or religion. You'll be expected to take an independent study course or internship centered on an East Asian theme. Of course, travel to an East Asian country is strongly recommended. 

Given the growing importance of Asia to the world's economy, environment and culture, an East Asian Studies concentration will put you at a competitive advantage in tomorrow's job market.

We offer a concentration in East Asian Studies.

Alumna studies in China through prestigious Fulbright program

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“My research really opened up my eyes to the opportunities for heritage tourism.” -- Kathleen Ouyang ’13, Fulbright Scholar

Sample Course Offerings:

  • HIST 281: Early East AsiaStudents on the Great Wall of China
  • POLI 231: International Politics 
  • HIST 282: Modern East Asia 

Professor Stella Xu | East Asian Studies

Professor Stella Xu with students in China

Dr. Stella Xu won the prestigious Freeman Fellowship in 2012. As a recipient of the Freeman Fellowship, Xu and four Roanoke students traveled to China to do research for a project, "Reinvented Tradition in the Age of Globalization: The Silk Road and its Legacy in Contemporary China." The students presented their research during the ASIA Network's annual conference in March 2013 in Nashville, TN. "I'm very proud of them," said Xu, who was born in China and attended graduate school in Korea and the United States.