EAS MA Program Alumni

"Our East Asian Studies program is built on a foundation of dedicated faculty and staff as well as enthusiastic students. I've never felt the pressure of competition among my superiors or cohorts. Everyone works together as a community to help us individualize our programs of study, which means we get the structure needed to complete our degrees combined with the flexibility to focus on what best suits our interests and research. It's hard to imagine finding this kind of support anywhere else."
-Paula Curtis, Class of 2011, specialization in Japanese History/ Art History

"My favorite aspect of the EAS MA program was its curricular variety. With its diverse course offerings in disciplines across the academic spectrum, the program suited my own interests, which are relatively varied as well. Not many other MA programs would have allowed me to study ancient Chinese music and politics of the developing world during the same quarter!"
-Ken Marotte, Class of 2010, specialization in Inter-Asian politics

“When people ask me where I am from, and I tell them that I moved to Ohio from California, I always get the same question, “Why leave San Diego to move to Ohio?” And I always answer them the same way, “Because the East Asian Studies program is awesome!” It was a big decision, moving halfway across the country, but I have never regretted it. I have found the program, the school and all the people—students, faculty and staff—to be wonderful.

When I first arrived at OSU, my goal was to bring my knowledge of Chinese up as far as possible as quickly as possible. Luckily, at The Ohio State University, the Chinese program offers intensive classes that allowed me to fit two years of Chinese learning into one incredibly intense academic year. Then, after nine months of study, I was accepted into the summer intensive Chinese language course, offered in Qingdao, China. The experience of studying Chinese while living in China for two months has been invaluable to my studies and to me as a person.”
-Shana Lear, Class of 2009, specialization in history of the Chinese Ming and Qing dynasties