The East Asian Studies Program introduces students to the civilizations of East Asia through courses on art, history, literature and politics from the region, past and present. The program also provides students with the opportunity to achieve reading and speaking proficiency in an East Asian language. Students who minor in East Asian Studies will take an introductory course, a language course, and three upper-level courses on East Asia. Minors are encouraged, but not required to study abroad.
- Students will understand the shared connections as well as the distinct trajectories of East Asian cultures.
- Students will develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening proficiency in Chinese (or another East Asian language.)
East Asian Studies is one of the Paideia Minors. Paideia provides intentional opportunities for students to integrate various academic disciplines and experiences, empowering them to develop versatile analytical abilities that lead them to become creative problem solvers who are well equipped to tackle complex issues. Paideia is not a traditional program but provides innovative, structured pathways that enable the acquisition of these invaluable skills.
All SU students are encouraged to graduate with Paideia Distinction by making Paideia a formal part of their studies. This requires completing either one of the Paideia Minors (or two High-Impact Experiences) and successfully completing a Paideia Seminar.
Graduation with Paideia Distinction formally recognizes students’ cultivated curiosity to learn, integrate multiple viewpoints, and create change. The Paideia skills that students develop make SU graduates highly sought-after by recruiters, employers, and graduate programs.