Recognizing that Western culture exists in an ever-shrinking and globally connected world, the East Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Program is dedicated to expanding the intellectual horizons of its students to include the cultures of China and Japan. The increasing strategic, economic and social importance of Asia makes it imperative that our students be prepared both theoretically and practically to understand and deal with Asia on many levels.
To this end, East Asian Studies' minor approaches the civilizations of China and Japan from multiple standpoints that include their art, history, languages and literatures, religions and philosophies, politics and economics. In the belief that Asia must be directly experienced in order to be understood fully, the East Asian Studies Program also stresses the importance of study abroad and has established exchanges and special arrangements that allow Washington and Lee students to study in China, Taiwan and Japan. Students from these countries also study on the Lexington campus, either through an exchange program or as regular four-year undergraduate students.