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East Asian Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
It has become a commonplace to talk about globalization, cultural diversity, and the “shrinking” of the globe. At a personal level, what these ideas really come down to is that we cannot remain bound by the traditions, assumptions, culture and language we are brought up with; we must experience and learn about the rest of the world to become truly global citizens.
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Overview

East Asia is one of the most fascinating and rewarding regions of the world to learn about and to experience first-hand. Not only do the nations of China, Taiwan, the two Koreas, and Japan share a heritage in one of the world’s oldest and most intriguing cultural traditions, they are also some of the most important players on the international stage. The field of East Asian Studies offers an integrated program of language study, interdisciplinary coursework, and study abroad opportunities to guide students in discovering this important part of the world and developing the skills to approach it intelligently and confidently.

Eckerd has one of the strongest programs in East Asian Studies of any small college in the southeastern United States. As a small liberal arts college, Eckerd is able to offer instruction in East Asian Studies in a specialized, personal way unavailable at larger institutions, including tutorials, independent study options, and faculty-student collaborative research opportunities. Eckerd has strong international focus, especially through our programs in International Relations & Global Affairs and International Business. We have a large number of international students, many from Asian countries, and house a separate ELS Language Center with many Asian students who are available for socializing and for language exchange. Situated in the large and dynamic urban center of Tampa Bay, Eckerd also offers ready access to Asian art collections, Asian immigrant communities, international businesses, and ready transportation connections to the wider world.

Our senior majors almost invariably go on to have further experience in Asia and internationally-focused careers. Many graduates take a year or more to teach English abroad to further develop their language and cultural skills and build upon relationships developed during their four-year program. Eckerd has special relationships with two schools in Japan where we place graduating seniors every year; other graduates join government-sponsored or private teaching programs elsewhere in Japan or in China or Korea. The long-term career paths of Eckerd graduates in East Asian Studies have included diplomatic service, international business, international and immigration law, cross-cultural and social studies education, Asian art curation, and advanced scholarship in area studies or comparative fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • East Asian Traditions
  • Japanese Popular Culture
  • Classical Chinese
  • Lives of Chinese Sages
  • Modern China
  • Modern Japan
  • Modern Korea
  • History of Southeast Asia
  • Asian Environmental Issues

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Eckerd College Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official Test Scores (SAT or ACT): SAT code: 5223/ ACT code: 0731
  • Official High School Transcript and/or G.E.D. results
  • Admission Recommendation Letter
  • Personal Essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42428 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42428 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 1132 - 1750 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

Financial aid and scholarships are available through an ambitious financial aid program that benefits about 96% of Eckerd students. Approximately $43 million in financial aid was awarded last year. Assistance packages may include a combination of scholarships, grants, work aid, and loans. The average award last year from all sources was $26,000 and the range was from $1,000 to $42,000.

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