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East Asian Studies

First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to do with a degree in East Asian Studies
East Asian Web Sites
Graduate School Information


East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program – affiliated with the department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literatures – that seeks to give students broad yet intimate knowledge of the history, politics, economics, art, and languages of the major areas of East Asia. It allows students to concentrate in a single program while at the same time enlarging their knowledge of East Asian civilization by taking related courses in other disciplines. At the crux of the program is the language requirement that provides the basis for postgraduate study or careers dealing with East Asia.  Courses offer a full range of instruction in Japanese and Chinese, helping to create a foundation for your career background in government, academics, international relations, international business, journalism, trade, finance, manufacture, law, or diplomacy in the 21st century.

The program website also contains career resources, in particular an “Events” section to keep current on and participate in a range of field-related activities.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable excel spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that East Asian Studies alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as an East Asian Studies major at Brandeis.

East Asian Studies Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as an East Asian Studies major at Brandeis.

Year Company Position Industry
2012 Epic Project Manager/Implementation Consultant Information Technology/Computers
2012 U.S. Department of State Fullbright research scholar Research
2010 Goldman Sachs Operations Analyst Finance & Banking
2009 Hisense's National Key Lab International Affairs Manager Information Technology/Computers
2009 United States Marine Corps Logistics Officer at USMC Marine Wing Communications Military
2009 Scholastic Game Designer and Developer Information Technology/ Computers
2007 GlobaLinks Learning Abroad International Education Specialist Education 
2007 Omnitech Solutions Translator
2005 University of Albany Alumni Relations & Events Coordinator Education, Higher Education

What to Do with a Degree in East Asian Studies

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East Asian Studies Web Sites

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge  

Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning new things.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.


  • Anthropology
  • Communications
  • Foreign languages
  • Geography
  • History and archaeology
  • Media
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Possible Occupations

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