East Asian Studies

Currently, this program is not accepting applications.

Students who choose a minor in East Asian Studies develop an international dimension for their future by focusing primarily on the people, cultures and societies of China, Japan and Korea. Your course work and research are drawn from several departments and become a window and bridge for reaching out to Asia as you live and work in the 21st Century. You'll find it's possible to complete much of the work for the minor while abroad.

Program Highlights

  • Education Abroad is encouraged with particular emphasis on programs at Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Tianjin, People's Republic of China; Daito Bunka University, Tokyo, Japan; and Akita University, Akita, Japan.
  • Collaboration with African Studies and Latin American Studies programs.
  • Active student organizations make it easy to form strong cultural connections with students from East Asian countries and learn about key issues in their homelands first-hand.

Program Distinctions

  • Preparation for range of careers that reaches from local immigration advocacy groups to work for some of the largest global NGOs such as Oxfam or United Nations agencies and includes employment in the U.S. State Department.
  • Math faculty member Jeff Chen is a Fulbright research scholar who spent 2012-13 at Inner Mongolia Normal University in China, studying the history of mathematics in late Imperial China.
  • The university's 40-year relationship with Japan's Akita University is the longest international studies agreement at St. Cloud State.

Popular Careers

  • Immigration advocate
  • Non-government organization (NGO) officer
  • United Nations officer
  • International Banking
  • Diplomacy/Foreign Affairs
  • Importer/Exporter
  • Customs Inspector

University Facts & Stats

  • 92% of global studies graduates employed

  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered

  • 90+ nations represented on campus

  • 1,100+ international students

  • 2013 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization

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