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East Asian Studies (B.A.)

Gain entry to a new world with UNG's Bachelor of Arts with a Major in East Asian Studies. This immersive program takes a multidisciplinary approach to East Asia. Explore the history, politics, society, philosophy, arts, cinema, languages, and literature of China, Japan, and Korea. 

Students in this program will go abroad for at least one summer, developing a greater cultural understanding and fluency in the native language.

Prepare to lead and to become an expert on one of the most important regions in the contemporary world.

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Dahlonega Campus

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Why Get a Degree in East Asian Studies?

  • Gain broad contextual knowledge as well as specialized expertise. You will study the complexities of the region as a whole, while also choosing to concentrate in one of the following:
    • Chinese studies
    • Japanese studies
    • Korean studies
  • Become fluent in a new language. Students will gain written and spoken fluency in one of the following languages:
    • Chinese
    • Japanese
    • Korean
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture abroad. To complete this degree, students must study abroad in their country of concentration for at least one summer term. Students will experience life in East Asia while taking a study abroad program.
  • Become a leader on a region of major global importance. East Asia has geopolitical and economic significance to the whole world. Gaining fluency in this region's languages and cultures could help you stand out as a leader.

What Skills Will I Learn?

Students in East Asian Studies will examine the region through different lenses, becoming acquainted with multiple disciplines and approaches, including anthropology, film studies, history, international relations, literary criticism, philosophy, political science, and the visual arts.

Students will acquire the following in-demand skills:

  • Global Competence
  • Research and Comparative Methods
  • Social and Business Communication
  • Cultural Understanding
  • Written and Spoken Fluency in Chinese, Japanese or Korean

Our Faculty


Sung Shin Kim
Sung Shin Kim, Ph.D., Professor, History
Barnes Hall, 307, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: East Asian history (China and Korea)

East Asian Studies Faculty

Chi-Hsuan Catterson
Ms. Chi-Hsuan Catterson, Senior Lecturer - Chinese
Dunlap Hall, 305B, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: East Asian Language and Literature.
Ran Chen
Ran Chen, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
Barnes Hall, 313, Dahlonega
Jiyoung Daniel
Jiyoung Daniel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Korean
Dunlap Hall, 314-C, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: Korean as a Foreign Language (KFL), linguistics, second language acquisition
Yi Deng
Yi Deng, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Philosophy
Barnes Hall, 330, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: Political and Social Philosophy, Ethics, Chinese Philosophy
Yunjuan He
Dr. Yunjuan He, Ph.D, Associate Professor - Chinese
Dunlap Hall, 112, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: Second language acquisition, phonetics, phonology, Chinese pedagogy.
Yizhe Huang
Ms. Yizhe Huang, Lecturer & Chinese Flagship Tutoring Coordinator
Barnes Hall, 128, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: Second language acquisition, Chinese pedagogy, Chinese arts and culture.
Christopher Jespersen
Christopher Jespersen, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts & Letters
Barnes Hall, 318, Dahlonega
Jinny Kim
Jinny Kim, Part Time Faculty
Mina Kyounghye Kwon
Dr. Mina Kyounghye Kwon, Associate Professor, English
Dunlap Hall, 202A, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: World Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Asian/Asian American Studies, Gender Studies, Performance Studies
Hosuk Lee
Hosuk Lee, Associate Professor
Rogers Hall, 302, Dahlonega
Tomoe Nishio
Tomoe Nishio, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Barnes Hall, 304, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: Second language acquisition, applied linguistics, Japanese pedagogy
Robin O'Day
Robin O'Day, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Barnes Hall, 303, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: Cultural Anthropology, specialization in Japanese culture
Tianyu Qin
Tianyu Qin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Dunlap Hall, 305A, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: Second Language Acquisition, Pedagogy and Assessment, Interlanguage Pragmatics
Haelim Suh
Haelim Suh, Assistant Professor
Nesbitt Academic Building, 4240, Gainesville
Sawako Tsutsumi
Sawako Tsutsumi, Limited Term Faculty
Nesbitt Academic Building, 4128, Gainesville
Yandan Wang
Yandan Wang, Limited Term Faculty
Dunlap Hall, 112, Dahlonega
Laurel Wei
Laurel Wei, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science
Downtown Office Building, 117, Dahlonega
Candice Wilson
Candice Wilson, Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Media
Nesbitt Academic Building, 4244, Gainesville
Yanfei Zhu
Dr. Yanfei Zhu, Acting Associate Department Head
Hansford Hall, 219, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: Chinese painting, Art History, Visual Studies, East Asian Studies, East Asian art and culture

Affiliated Faculty

Dlynn Williams
Dlynn Williams, Ph.D., Dept Hd, Political Science
Hansford Hall, 328, Dahlonega
Richard Byers
Richard Byers, Ph.D., Professor, History
Barnes Hall, 311, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: German history, Southeast Asia, modern Europe, holocaust/genocide, aviation history, world history
Jeff Marker
Jeff Marker, Dept Chair/Head AC
Nesbitt Academic Building, 4230, Gainesville
Timothy May
Timothy May, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Arts & Letters, Professor of Central Eurasian History
Barnes Hall, 314, Dahlonega
Area(s) of Expertise: Mongol Empire, Mongolia, Central Eurasian history, Islamic history, the Crusades

Where Can a Major in East Asian Studies Lead You?

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