What are the Advantages of an Interdisciplinary M.A. Program?

Although participants in our program may focus primarily on East Asian history, the interdisciplinary nature of the program requires students also to work in other academic disciplines. Political science, religion, comparative studies, geography, literature, art, economics, sociology and more are ways to acquire a broad array of intellectual tools useful in understanding East Asian societies and cultures. In addition, our program places strong emphasis on advancing the language skills essential to work in this field. In short, an interdisciplinary approach allows students more latitude to develop multiple perspectives on East Asia while also providing a solid foundation in an East Asian language – even for students who continue to stress historical studies.