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The EAST ASIAN STUDIES Program (EAST) offers a broadly based approach to the study of the peoples and civilizations of East Asia. It is a rich and flexible Program of study that brings together courses from the academic disciplines of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages and Literatures, and Fine Arts.

Most of the existing courses focus on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean societies past and present. New courses are being developed that deal with Vietnam, and with those parts of Southeast Asia that sustain close cultural ties with East Asia.