The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) is made up of faculty, staff, and scholars with academic, professional, and personal interest in the region of East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea). The Center aims to promote the study and appreciation of East Asian cultures by offering a wide range of scholarly, artistic, and community programs inspired by these cultures, and to expand the university's East Asian curriculum, library resources, and teaching materials. Originally founded in 1969 as the interdisciplinary Committee on East Asian Studies, the Center was inaugurated in 2005.
A leading feature of the Center is the Undergraduate Certificate Program in East Asian Studies, which requires students to complete 24 credits in the study of East Asian history, language, and elective courses. This interdisciplinary program of study provides students with a wide breadth of knowledge on the historical development and the contemporary concerns of East Asian societies, and prepares students for careers specializing in East Asia and for advanced study in graduate and professional schools. In addition to administering the Certificate Program, the Center coordinates programming on East Asia throughout campus and aims to increase the university’s connections to East Asian societies by hosting guest speakers and performers from China, Japan, and Korea. Additionally, the Center works with departments to increase East Asian content in courses, partners with university libraries to expand the resources available for research on this important geopolitical region, and provides information on East Asian programming in the broader Washington, D.C. region.
The Center for East Asian Studies is a campus-wide center housed under the College of Arts and Humanities. The center is supported by the College of Arts and Humanities; the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences; the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences; the College of Education; and the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
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