China, Japan, and Korea are among the world’s most influential countries, due to their global cultural as well economic influences. Ohio Wesleyan’s interdisciplinary program in East Asian Studies allows students to draw on resources of several OWU departments and faculty. Students who major will participate in off-campus programs in either Japan, Korea, or China. East Asian Studies provides majors with (1) substantial language training in Chinese and/or Japanese; (2) a broad background in the past and present of East Asia from the perspective of at least four academic disciplines, a specialization in a specific East Asian country; and (3) knowledge and understanding of the role of East Asia in the global economic system and in international relations. Students interested in pursuing a major or minor are advised to contact the director of the program by the end of their sophomore year. East Asian Studies Faculty Advisory Committee members include Ji Young Choi (Politics and Government), Xiaoming Chen (History), Joy He (Beeghly Library), R. Blake Michael (Religion), James Peoples (Sociology/Anthropology, Program Director), and Anne Sokolsky (Comparative Literature).
Study Abroad Programs
Ohio Wesleyan students may participate in study abroad programs through OWU exchange agreements or through Great Lakes Colleges Association programs. At present there are four programs in China and three in Japan. In addition, OWU students have the option of enrolling in various other non-GLCA programs. Contact the Director of International and Off-Campus Programs for further information and application procedures.
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