East Asian Studies

Please visit the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures & Cultures for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia.   

Field of Study: The study of the history, sociology, politics, culture, and economics of East Asia, with a concentration on a language/area.

Post-Graduate Occupations of past East Asian Studies Majors ​

  • Foreign Advisors
  • English Teachers
  • Global Sales Managers
  • Veterinarians
  • Stock Directors
  • Academic Deans 

Professional Associations

Build Your Resume

Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers.  Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:

  • Travel and/or study abroad in Asia to develop a deeper understanding of the cultures and languages.
    • If interested in advocacy, participate in an international service learning experience.
  • Develop multicultural competency.
    • Consider becoming bilingual in a language of interest.
    • Volunteer with community organizations that work with people of Asian backgrounds to demonstrate engagement and gain experience.
    • Get involved with student cultural events and organizations.
  • Keep current with politics and news in regions of interest.
  • Consider graduate education to be competitive in education, human services, or museums.
    • Maintain a high GPA and secure strong recommendations from faculty.
  • Develop excellent writing, research, and communication skills.

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