East Asian Studies (EA)

The East Asian Studies Program serves as a focal point for academic courses leading to an interdisciplinary major and minor in East Asian Studies. Intended to deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of this important world region, the East Asian Studies Program also brings greater international awareness to the campus and community by sponsoring guest lectures, cultural performances, high school outreach, film series, study tours, and special events related to East Asia. For further information about East Asian Studies at John Carroll University, please contact the program via email at eas@jcu.edu or visit its website at www.jcu.edu/eas.

The East Asian Studies Program is coordinated by the East Asian Studies Advisory Committee, faculty members of which are appointed for limited terms by the appropriate dean. As of the printing of this Bulletin, members include:

Program Director

  • Paul Nietupski, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Religious Studies

Committee Members:

  • Gwendolyn L. Compton-Engle, Professor of Classics and Chair, Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Cultures
  • Peter Kvidera, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English
  • Sokchea Lim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Bo Liu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History
  • Susan Orpett Long, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Anthropology
  • Pamela A. Mason, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Malia McAndrew, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History
  • Keiko Nakano, M.A., Assistant Professor of Japanese
  • Martha Pereszlenyi-Pinter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of French
  • Roger W. Purdy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History
  • Feng Zhan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance
  • Jie Zhang, M.A., Associate Librarian
Program Learning Goals in East Asian Studies.

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate at least second-year language proficiency (ACTFL’s intermediate-mid) in an East Asian language.
  2. Identify common elements of the East Asian region, as well as differences within the region based on society and culture.
  3. Analyze an East Asian society from at least three disciplinary perspectives (including, but not limited to, anthropology, art history, economics, history, literature and the arts, political science, religious studies, and sociology).
  4. Understand the role of artists, the arts, and the artistic impulse in society and recognize how history, politics, religion, philosophy, science, and technology influence art and how art influences history, politics, religion, philosophy, science, and technology.
  5. Articulate the political, economic, and sociocultural relationships among East Asian nations and between East Asia and other regions.