Sep 30, 2023  
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog 
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog

East Asian Studies, BA

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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East Asian Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

60 credits


The course of study is designed to attain three major objectives. First, it offers students an opportunity to acquire accurate, detailed and comprehensive knowledge of a region that is becoming increasingly important in world affairs. Second, it prepares students who are attracted by job opportunities related to East Asia in business and government. For those who wish to teach about East Asia, the Program provides appropriate preparation. Third, it provides solid undergraduate training for students who plan to enter East Asian programs in their graduate studies.

Why Consider an East Asian Studies Major?

The Program in East Asian Studies offers interdisciplinary study of the area, primarily the countries of China and Japan. Under special advisement, Korea and Mongolia are also subjects for study. The major offers students an opportunity to prepare for positions in cultural organizations, diplomatic offices, companies engaged in international business, and in educational institutions.

 Contact Information

Major Information Director
Ethan Bushelle
Bond Hall 164

Program Coordinator
Dylan Gibson
Miller Hall 223

 Sample Careers

International Consultant | International Business Manager | International Sales | Foreign News Correspondent | Tour Guide/Agent | Museum Administrator | Librarian/Information Specialist | Foreign Service Worker | FBI/CIA Agent | Intelligence Researcher | Cultural Officer | Foreign Diplomat | Immigration Agent | College Professor | Secondary Education Teacher

 Major/Career Resources

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

To declare the major, schedule an appointment with the Director, Ethan Bushelle. He will review with you the complete process for designing your major by showing you options of core courses, language courses, and electives in the area of Asian Studies that is of particular interest to you.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


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