Indiana University Graduate Programs in Asian Studies

Indiana University East Asian Studies Center
Memorial West 207
1021 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
(812) 855- 3765/(800) 441- 3272


M.A. in Chinese or Japanese

This program is somewhat more specialized. It involves further and broader language study, and it is intended primarily for those who plan to proceed to the Ph.D. in Chinese or Japanese. It may also be excellent preparation for someone whose career goals require extensive familiarity with more than one East Asian language.

M.A. in Chinese or Japanese Language Pedagogy

This program is specifically designed for those who intend to teach East Asian languages at the university level. It takes full advantage of the department’s innovative and award-winning language pedagogy program to offer students unparalleled training in such subjects as designing language curricula, the production of teaching materials, as well as instruction in the methods of language training.

M.A. in East Asian Studies

The EAS degree aims to provide students with a solid foundation, whether for advanced study or for a career in fields such as government service, library and archival work, and journalism. An MA in East Asian Studies is also excellent preparation further study in business, international law, political science, and other fields where language and regional expertise count. The MA in East Asian Studies signifies mastery of at least one East Asian language, as well as a strong grounding in the history, literatures, and cultures of the region.


East Asian Collection at the Herman B Wells Library

This collection traces its beginning back to 1950 and was officially established in 1961. It has broad coverage in the humanities and social sciences. Through the past decades, it has grown steadily, becoming one of the major resource centers in the country for East Asian studies.

The collection has a strong focus in the following areas:

  • Chinese history, political science, socio-economic conditions, social movements and secret societies, and the history of education;
  • Japanese pre-1900 literature and history, fine arts, postwar education and economy, gender studies, and political science; and
  • Korean humanities, folklore, and social movements.

East Asian Collection Newsletters

Read the most recent issue of the East Asian Collection Newsletter, published through the Herman B Wells Library.

East Asian Materials at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction

The Kinsey Institute’s collection includes rare books, scrolls, art, artifacts, photographs, and films on cultural and historical aspects of sexuality in East Asia.

East Asian Materials at the Lilly Library (Rare Books and Manuscripts)

The Lilly Library houses the Charles Boxer Collection and Chinese wood-block prints printed by the Jesuits in China during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Asian Art Gallery at the Indiana University Art Museum

The Asian collection at the Indiana University Art Museum is encyclopedic and covers a period of time from the second millennium BCE to the present. In addition to the works of art on display in the Gallery of Asian and Ancient Western Art on the second floor, the museum houses approximately 1,000 Japanese prints from the 17th century to the 21st century, with a fine selection of surimono (special edition) prints.

Financial Aid:

Graduate student funding opportunities include summer and academic-year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships, the SOFOKS Graduate Fellowship in Korean Language and Culture, and conference travel grants.