People in coats standing on a brick walkway in front of a building
EAS-MA students attend the regional AAS conference in January 2023

Duke's East Asian Studies program offers multidisciplinary study of East Asian politics, societies, history, and cultures, with particular strengths in literature; modern history; comparative history and culture; anthropology; film, media and visual studies; comparative studies of capitalism; and religious studies. 

Research on East Asia at Duke is supported by extensive library holdings managed by subject librarians for China, Japan and Korea.  Duke also has close ties with Asian Studies faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and students can receive credit for courses at either institution.

Being a Duke Student

As a student at Duke you will have unfettered access to all the resources of one of the nation’s most prestigious universities consistently ranked in the top ten. The university attracts some of the most renowned performers, speakers, public intellectuals and leaders to campus each year.

Duke students have opportunities to participate in collaborative researchdevelop professionally, experience campus culture, enhance their wellness, and tap into a global alumni network.  

On an institutional level, Duke has deep commitments to the East Asian region and is one of only three US universities to establish a fully accredited degree-granting campus in China. As Duke Kunshan University continues to burgeon as a hub for research and teaching, Duke's presence in Asia will only grow stronger.

Living in Durham

Durham is a vibrant city within North Carolina’s “research triangle” 15 minutes from Chapel Hill and 40 minutes from downtown Raleigh. 

Between these three interconnected cities there is no lack of cultural events, dining venues, professional opportunities and sights to see.

All this in a sunny and mild southern climate make Durham an attractive place to live and learn.