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Welcome to the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto

The Department of East Asian Studies provides students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the languages, cultures, and societies of the region. The department’s course offerings engage the diversity of East Asian cultures, from contemporary film and politics to philosophy, and they critically examine the structures that define the area and render it an object of study. We offer a full range of courses on East Asian literature, history, thought, religion and society as well as Chinese, Japanese and Korean from beginning to advanced levels. In a time of globalization, a degree in East Asian Studies can be an excellent springboard from which to launch a career in fields where multilingualism, critical analytical skills, and in-depth knowledge of the socio-historical and cultural contexts of East Asian texts and ideas are essential.