The department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in three areas:
Asian Studies

All majors include coursework in East Asian cultural studies (involving one or more East Asian countries). For courses associated with each major, see the Course Catalog.

All majors and minors in the department are required to take:

  • A minimum of 6 quarters of lower division language (can be waived through placement exam)
  • Both of our core courses: EACS 4A and EACS 4B. Both courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Alumni of our East Asian Languages majors have gone on to pursue successful careers in fields as diverse as banking, diplomacy, international business, law, public service, research, teaching and the arts.

To declare the Major in Chinese, Japanese or Asian Studies, or a Minor in Chinese or Japanese, please make an appointment with the Department Advisor, Alyson Alexander.

One way to reach Alyson Alexander is to send an email to: aalexander@hfa.ucsb.edu with your name and perm number, or, feel free to stop by the office: HSSB 4038. Advising hours are: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.