East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies,
UC Santa Barbara

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is dedicated to the study of the civilizations of China, Japan and Korea in all their richness and diversity. Study focuses not only on East Asia’s increasingly vital role on the world scene, but also on various elements of the region’s long and fascinating history.

The Department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in three areas: Asian Studies, Chinese, and Japanese. We also offer a special 5-year B.A./M.A. program in each of these areas. All majors include coursework in East Asian cultural studies (involving one or more East Asian country) and studying Chinese or Japanese. In addition, we have an innovative and exciting graduate program in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies with 5 academic emphases, which combine rigorous language training, innovative research supervision by internationally renowned faculty, and keep awareness of cultural analysis and other methodological tools.

Words from the Chair

The East Asian region is more and more relevant in international society and culture, and developments there also affect our lives in the US in significant ways. Economic developments, political events, international conflicts and cooperation, and cultural activities receive wide coverage in the international media.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies serves as an important hub for research, education, and cultural awareness on East Asian matters at the University of California, Santa Barbara and in the larger Santa Barbara community. Our mission is to make the news more intelligible by providing linguistic, cultural, and historical contexts to current developments, but also to challenge mainstream media coverage by offering our students deeper knowledge and alternative visions of East Asian cultures in the present and in the past.