East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

About East Asian Studies

Explore language, culture and history 

Take your appreciation of East Asian culture to the next level with our programs. We offer a rich and flexible program focusing on culture, cultural nuance, and history and literature. 

You’ll benefit from our diverse faculty who are well-connected with East Asian culture and the regional Chinese diaspora. Many are multilingual, so they can help you to understand the cultural context in your studies.

Our students are given the important cultural and historical contexts needed to work and thrive in the growing economies of East Asia. You can choose courses cross many Faculties, including politics, philosophy, music and art, to create a unique combination that best serves your academic interests and career aspirations. Many graduates use East Asian Studies as a stepping stone to international or public policy work. 

What you’ll learn

  • Gain an understanding of Chinese, Japanese and Korean societies past and present.
  • Appreciate the importance of East Asian languages, literature and fine arts, and these nations’ political, economic and social impact.
  • Learn the concepts, skills and knowledge of at least two academic disciplines.

Hands-on experiences

  • Participate in research and gain valuable experience at the York Centre for Asian Research.


Contact us at goyork@yorku.ca 

Program Details

Offered by

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Offered at

  • Keele Campus

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Experiential Education

Co-op or internship

Fall entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Winter entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Summer entry

Yes (first and upper year)