At Dickinson, this major focuses on China and Japan, but with increasing attention to the broader East Asian and global contexts of these two civilizations. Students explore East Asia from multiple perspectives: from ancient origins to contemporary realities through the study of history, society, politics, business and economics, literature and culture. The major is language-based (Japanese or Chinese is required through the intermediate level) and multidisciplinary in the many directions for in-depth analysis and reflection offered to students.

2014 welcome message from the chair

We welcome you all back to a new semester as we greet the year of the horse. I hope you have all returned refreshed from a nice break and ready for all that the year of the horse will bring. We have a range of classes and events this semester, and we hope you take advantage of the opportunities available to enrich your understanding of this important region of the world.


Alex Bates

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Alex Bates
Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature

Department Coordinator:
Etsuko Nichols


105C, Stern Center for Global Ed
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