What can I do with a Degree in East Asian Studies?
East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary endeavor employing social, economic, political and cultural studies to expand the knowledge of this dynamic and vital part of the world. It provides students with the opportunity to critically and systematically integrate perspectives from multiple disciplines and to prepare for any career as a global citizen.
As a student of foreign language and culture, students will develop skills and concepts that are relevant to every area of employment, and the ability to communicate on a multicultural level is highly valued in the domestic and international job market. Knowledge of Chinese or Japanese language and culture is extremely useful in a variety of career tracks including:
- Art, Literature, and Film
- Business, Finance, and Economics
- Civil or Foreign Services
- Media and Marketing
- Public Administration, Government, and Diplomacy
- Sociology and Psychology
- Teaching and Academia
- Translation and Interpretation
- Travel and Tourism
Graduates from our department have taken a wide variety of paths after leaving Gettysburg College. Many have gone on to pursue higher degrees in graduate schools in the US or abroad, while many others decide to teach English through the highly-respected JET and CET Programs. Recent graduates have obtained jobs serving as cultural ambassadors in China for major cross-cultural events and organizations, including Peace Corps, working for an American company based in China, working for research foundations and the Japanese Embassy in D.C., and teaching high school level Japanese.