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East Asian Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
South Hadley, MA, United States
One of four interdisciplinary majors offered within the Asian Studies Program, the Bachelor in East Asian Studies from Mount Holyoke College allows students to study the diversity of Asia in a comparative framework. Complementing course work at Mount Holyoke are extracurricular activities and study abroad programs that broaden and deepen students’ understanding of Asia.
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The Bachelor in East Asian Studies from Mount Holyoke College allows students to explore the rich and extremely diverse cultures of Asia, home to some 60 percent of humanity. Students may select from three regionally focused majors: East Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. Or they may select a fourth major, Asian Studies (Transregional), which allows them to study the diversity of Asia in a comparative framework. All four majors require an interdisciplinary course of study, including the humanities and social sciences. Achieving language proficiency is an important goal of each major. Courses in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Korean are currently offered at Mount Holyoke, and many other Asian languages are offered through the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages. A wide array of extracurricular activities, including weekly language tables, films, and festivals, complements coursework. 

Most majors continue their exploration of Asia through study abroad programs in: 

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  •  Korea
  • Oman
  • and many other countries.

Language study is the core component of the major. We offer four levels of instruction in Chinese, three in Japanese, up to three in Arabic, up to two in Korean, and a basic course in Sanskrit. Our students are expected to incorporate the humanities and the social sciences fully into their studies with classes at Mount Holyoke and the other colleges in the Five College Consortium.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    40 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Philosophical Foundations of Chinese Thought: The Classical Period 
  • Androgyny and Gender Negotiation in Contemporary Chinese Women's Theater
  • Newspaper Reading and Journalistic Practice in China 
  • Arts of Asia 
  • Arts of China 
  • Arts of Japan 
  • Arts of India 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Submit the Common Application
  • SAT I, SAT II, and ACT test scores are optional, though you are welcome to submit them
  • If you are applying for financial aid, it is important to know the deadlines and what forms are required
  • Mount Holyoke strongly recommends scheduling an interview with an admission counselor or alumna representative prior to applying
  • If you have athletic talents, Mount Holyoke is happy to receive portfolios, tapes, slides, or videos that showcase your talent
    • If you have devoted a significant amount of time to art, dance, film, music, or theatre and you plan to continue it at Mount Holyoke as a major, you may submit examples of your work as a supplement to your application
    • Transcript Evaluation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Hadley

  • 1068 - 2220 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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