University of Washington

Graduate Program

Graduate training on East Asia is offered by the Jackson School of International Studies, the Department of Asian Languages and Literature, and many other departments.  History, Political Science, Anthropology, and Art History have the largest numbers of graduate students with a focus on East Asia.  However, it is possible to do a dissertation on East Asia in many other departments as well, ranging from Linguistics and Economics to Women Studies.

The Jackson School offers Master of Arts in International Studies (M.A.I.S.) degree programs in China Studies, Japan Studies, and Korea Studies. Students may also pursue a minor focus on any of these regions or on East Asia in general through the International Studies (General) program. Most students in this general program are also pursuing concurrent degrees in professional schools such as Public Affairs, Law, and Business.

The Asian Law Program at the School of Law, focusing on the countries of East Asia, is one of the largest in the country and is widely recognized as the premier center of learning in this field. In addition to an LL.M. and Ph.D. in Asian Law, the program offers an Asian Law concentration track within the regular J.D. degree.

The Technical Japanese Master's Program, offered through the College of Engineering's Technical Japanese Program, provides training in Japanese language and culture for engineers and scientists. This is a unique, inter-engineering program that combines study in advanced technical Japanese with graduate-level courses in students' engineering specialties. It is the only program of its kind in the United States.

East Asia Center
University of Washington
301 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-6938 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax

William Lavely, Director
Mary Bernson, Director of Outreach
Kristi Roundtree, Associate Director
Stefanie Doolittle, Program Assistant
Curtis Reed, Program Coordinator