Overview

What are the career or graduate school paths for students who major in East Asian Studies at The College of Wooster?

East Asian Studies majors pursue a wide range of careers after graduating from Wooster. Some go on to graduate school, ultimately to teach at the university or secondary school level, while others pursue professional careers in the private business or government sectors, or work with non-governmental agencies. Students take courses from faculty in Chinese Studies, history, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, and anthropology, which exposes them to many disciplines and offers opportunities to delve into a particular area of focus. Most students in East Asian Studies spend a semester or more studying in another country, which gives them language skills and connections they can build on after graduation. All students at The College of Wooster complete Independent Study under the guidance of a faculty mentor, culminating in a thesis delivered in their senior year. This research experience gives students skills in research and critical analysis that prepares them for graduate school and a variety of careers.

East Asian Studies at The College of Wooster

East Asian Studies at Wooster is truly multidisciplinary and provides a broad-based study of East Asia with coursework focused on China and Japan. Language learning is an important component for many students, but classes in history, literature and other disciplines play a critical role in every student’s course of study. As Ohio’s most global college campus, with the largest percentage of international students, Wooster students benefit from the diversity of perspectives in every classroom. Each student brings a new perspective, while at the same time benefitting from the perspective of other students. And while students can fulfill the requirements and fully immerse themselves in all facets of an East Asian Studies major without ever leaving campus, the program is ideally suited to those who with a desire to spend a semester or more learning in another country. Off-campus study is both encouraged and supported by longstanding study-abroad programs in a number of Asian countries.

 


Faculty

James Bonk

James Bonk

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies; East Asian Studies; History

jbonk@wooster.edu

Mark Graham

Mark Graham

Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Department Chair of Chinese Studies; South Asian Studies; East Asian Studies; Liaison to the Museum & Archival Studies Pathway

mgraham@wooster.edu

Setsuko Matsuzawa

Setsuko Matsuzawa

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Anthropology and Sociology; East Asian Studies

smatsuzawa@wooster.edu

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Santha Schuch

Administrative Coordinator - Africana Studies, Archaeology, East Asian Studies, Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, South Asian Studies, Urban Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

sschuch@wooster.edu

Ziying You

Ziying You

Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies; East Asian Studies; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

zyou@wooster.edu


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Major

The East Asian Studies major and minor are offered through the interdepartmental program in East Asian Studies. Eight faculty members from five departments (six disciplinary areas) contribute to the East Asian Studies Program.

Students take 11 classes ranging from languages, history, sociology, religious studies, and more to complete the requirements for the major.

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Minor

The East Asian Studies major and minor are offered through the interdepartmental program in East Asian Studies. Eight faculty members from five departments (six disciplinary areas) contribute to the East Asian Studies Program.

Students take six classes ranging from languages, history, sociology, religious studies, and more to complete the requirements for the minor.

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Independent Study

All majors complete a one-semester Independent Study project in their junior year and a two-semester senior I.S. thesis. The junior I.S. project is done as a one-on-one tutorial with a faculty member to prepare for the senior project. Working closely with a faculty advisor, each senior then has the opportunity to develop his or her interests through the process of researching and writing a senior thesis and defending it in an oral exam with the advisor and a second faculty member. Many majors also present their I.S. project to the College community as part of the Senior I.S. Symposium. For their senior I.S. projects, East Asian Studies majors have worked on topics as diverse as the history and economic integration of Chinese communities in the Philippines, perceptions of HIV/AIDS in Japan, and the role of food and culture in Chinese diaspora communities in the U.S.

 

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