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Courses offered by the Center for East Asian Studies are listed under the subject code EASTASN on the Stanford Bulletin's Explore Courses website. The EASTASN courses listed on ExploreCourses deal primarily with China, Japan, and Korea. Literature courses are listed with the subject codes of CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA and EALC in ExploreCourses.

Courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language instruction use the subject codes CHINLANG, JAPANLNG, and KORLANG.


The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) supports teaching and research on East Asia-related topics across all disciplines; disseminates knowledge about East Asia through projects of local, regional, national, and international scope; and serves as the intellectual gathering point for a collaborative and innovative community of scholars and students of East Asia. CEAS works with all schools, departments, research centers, and student groups to facilitate and enhance all aspects of East Asia-related research, teaching, outreach and exchange across the Stanford campus.

CEAS is part of Stanford Global Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences. As an East Asia National Resource Center (NRC), supported by the U.S. Department of Education, CEAS serves to strengthen access to and training in the major languages of East Asia, and to broaden East Asia area studies training across all disciplines.

Many other theoretical and methodological courses within various departments at Stanford are taught by faculty who are East Asian specialists; these courses often have a substantial East Asian component and a list of current applicable courses from outside departments may be found on the "Approved Courses" tab of this bulletin.

Undergraduate Programs in East Asian Studies

Undergraduates interested in East Asia can become involved by attending CEAS events, taking courses in the subject codes listed above, or earning a Minor or Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies. These undergraduate degrees in East Asian Studies are administered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Stanford Global Studies offers internship opportunities in East Asia, and the Bing Overseas Studies Program offers study abroad opportunities in East Asia.

For language study, CEAS provides undergraduate fellowships for language study in China, Japan, or Korea; students must simultaneously apply to a pre-approved language program abroad. Applications are due in February each year. Deadlines and application information can be found on the CEAS website. In addition, undergraduates can obtain a coterminal M.A. degree in East Asian Studies while concurrently working on their undergraduate major by applying during the regular admissions cycle no later than their senior year.

Graduate Programs in East Asian Studies

Master's Program

Stanford's interdisciplinary M.A. program in East Asian Studies is designed both for students who plan to complete a Ph.D. but who have not yet decided on the particular discipline in which they prefer to work, and for students who wish to gain a background in East Asian Studies in connection with a career in nonacademic fields such as business, law, education, journalism, or government service. The program permits the student to construct a course of study suited to individual intellectual interests and career needs, and is typically completed in two years; the program may be completed within one year, depending on the course load taken and the amount of foreign language training required. Advanced language students or students who are native speakers of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean can potentially complete the program within one year. Students interested in pursuing professional careers are encouraged to plan for additional training through internships or additional graduate professional programs, in conjunction with obtaining an M.A. in East Asian Studies.

The M.A. program allows students a great deal of flexibility in combining language training, interdisciplinary area studies, and a disciplinary concentration. Students are required to demonstrate third year level proficiency in Chinese, Korean or Japanese, according to their research-area focus (either through coursework at Stanford or testing at the 4th year or higher in Stanford language-placement exams), to enroll in a 3-unit core course in East Asian Studies in autumn quarter of the first year, and to complete at least eight additional graduate-level area studies courses.  Of the nine required content courses, three must be in a single department or in the same thematic focus.  An M.A. thesis, usually an expansion of a paper written for a graduate seminar or colloquium, is required.

Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the master's program is to further develop specialized knowledge and skills in East Asian Studies, and to prepare students for a professional career or doctoral studies. This is achieved through the completion of East Asia content courses, language training as necessary, and experience with independent research.

Postdoctoral Programs

The Center for East Asian Studies offers a postdoctoral fellowship in Chinese Studies each year. Postdoctoral fellowships in other areas are available from campus units including but not limited to the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center,  and the Stanford Humanities Center.

Financial Aid

CEAS offers various types of funding for new and continuing students. See the fellowships page of the CEAS web site for the most up-to-date offerings.


Director: Dafna Zur

Director of Graduate Studies: Dafna Zur

Affiliated Faculty and Staff:

Anthropology: Lisa M. Curran, Miyako Inoue, James Holland Jones, Matthew Kohrman, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Barbara Voss, Sylvia J. Yanagisako

Art and Art History: Marci Kwon, Jean Ma, Richard Vinograd, Xiaoze Xie

Biology: Marcus W. Feldman, Peter Vitousek

Business: William Barnett, Charles M. Lee, Hau Lee, Joseph Piotroski, Kenneth Singleton, David W. Brady, Condoleezza Rice

Center for International Security and Cooperation: Chaim Braun

Civil and Environmental Engineering: David Freyberg, Renate Fruchter, Leonard Ortolano

Communication: James Fishkin, Jennifer Pan

Comparative Literature: David Palumbo-Liu

Earth System Science: Page Chamberlain, Eric F. B. Lambin, Rosamond L. Naylor

East Asian Languages and Cultures: Richard Dasher, Ronald Egan, Haiyan Lee, Indra Levy, Li Liu, Yoshiko Matsumoto, James Reichert, Ariel Stilerman, Chao Fen Sun, Ban Wang, Yiqun Zhou, Dafna Zur

East Asian Studies: Alice L. Miller

Education: Anthony L. Antonio, Martin Carnoy, Francisco O. Ramirez, Christine M. Wotipka

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies: Michael H. Armacost, Jennifer Choo, Donald K. Emmerson (emeritus), Thomas Fingar, Francis Fukuyama, Yong Suk Lee, Oriana Mastro, Scott D. Rozelle, Daniel C. Sneider, Mark Thurber, Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Li-Tai Xue

Geological Sciences:  Stephan A. Graham, Jonathan Payne

Geophysics:  Simon L. Klemperer

History: Gordon Chang, Mark E. Lewis, Martin Lewis, Yumi Moon, Thomas Mullaney, Matthew Sommer, Jun Uchida, Kären Wigen, Mikael D. Wolfe

Ho Center for Buddhist Studies: John Kieschnick, Irene H. Lin

Hoover Institution: Jeremy Carl, Larry Diamond, Tai-Chun Kuo, Hsiao-ting Lin, Toshio Nishi, William J. Perry (emeritus)

Law: Jeffrey Ball, Mei Gechlik, Thomas Heller (emeritus), Erik Jenson, Curtis Milhaupt

Linguistics: Daniel Jurafsky

Management Science and Engineering: Siegfried S. Hecker (emeritus), Pamela Hinds, Edison Tse, Yinyu Ye

Music: Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Joo-Mee Lee, Stephen Sano, Linda Uyechi, Hui Daisy You

Political Science: Jean C. Oi, Terry M. Moe, Yiqing Xu, Barry R. Weingast

Religious Studies: Carl W. Bielefeldt (emeritus), James D. Gentry, Paul M. Harrison, Michaela Mross, Lee H. Yearley

Sociology: Gi-Wook Shin, Andrew Walder, Xueguang Zhou

Stanford Language Center: Marina Chung, Robert Clark, Sik Lee Dennig, Michelle DiBello, Hee-sun Kim, Nina Yuhsun Lin, Momoyo Kubo Lowdermilk, Emiko Yasumoto Magnani, Yasuko Matsumoto, May Miao, Emi Mukai, Momoe Saito Fu, Le Tang, Yoshiko Tomiyama, Huazhi Wang, Hannah Yoon, Hong Zeng, Youping Zhang, Xiaofang Zhou

Graduate Advising Expectations

The Center for East Asian Studies is committed to providing academic advising in support of graduate student scholarly and professional development. When most effective, this advising relationship entails collaborative and sustained engagement by both the adviser and the advisee. As a best practice, advising expectations should be periodically discussed and reviewed to ensure mutual understanding. Both the adviser and the advisee are expected to maintain professionalism and integrity.

Faculty advisers guide students in key areas such as selecting courses, designing and conducting research, and exploring academic opportunities and professional pathways.  Program administrative staff are available for advising students on program policies and degree requirements, as well as course selection.

Graduate students are active contributors to the advising relationship; they should proactively seek academic and professional guidance, take responsibility for informing themselves of policies and degree requirements for their graduate program, and remain aware of all program-specific and University-wide deadlines.  

At or before the start of graduate study, normally at the beginning of Autumn Quarter, each student is assigned an adviser: a member of the program's faculty who provides research advice and guidance in course selection and in exploring academic opportunities and professional pathways.  Usually, the same faculty member serves as program adviser for the duration of the Master's study; however, formal adviser change requests are possible in consultation with CEAS staff.

CEAS students are required to meet with their adviser at least twice per quarter and they must submit adviser meeting forms to the program office as proof.  Students are expected to have a discussion with their adviser during or before the first week of each quarter to agree upon the courses that the student plans to take that quarter.  

The department's student services office is also an important part of the advising team.  It informs students and advisers about University and department requirements, procedures, and opportunities, and it maintains the official records of advising assignments and approvals.  In addition, the center Associate Director and student services officer meet with all students each quarter, and are available during the academic year by email and during office hours.  

For a statement of University policy on graduate advising, see the "Graduate Advising" section of this bulletin.  Academic advising by Stanford faculty is a critical component of all graduate students' education and additional resources can be found on the VPGE webpage regarding Advising Practices & Resources.