East Asian Studies



Program Overview

East Asia continues to play an important role in International politics and the global economy. It is a diverse region of countries with their own special history and culture. The CCSU East Asian Studies Program offers a broad and flexible interdisciplinary approach designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the region. The curriculum leads to the B.A. or M.S. in International Studies with a concentration in East Asian Studies. The concentration in East Asian Studies is designed to help students develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the culture, history, and contemporary problems of East Asia.

An area studies approach offers a unique opportunity for students to transcend disciplinary limits and master an integrated view of the social, geographical, cultural, economic, political and historical forces shaping a major region of the world. Students for the MS in East Asian Studies will not only develop this global perspective and in-depth knowledge of one regions, but they will learn to communicate across disciplines, a rare and valuable skill in whatever field they later choose to apply their knowledge of East Asia, be it teaching, government service or business.

The study of both Japanese and Chinese is available to students in the East Asian Studies program as well as opportunities to travel to the region. Exchange programs exist with Universities in China, Korea, and Japan, as do short-term course abroad programs during the spring break, winter and summer months. Scholarships are available for both the study abroad and course abroad programs. There are numerous lectures and special events available and the East Asian Center also enhance the program.



Dr. Matthew A. Foust

Department of Philosophy

Central Connecticut State University

1615 Stanley Street

New Britain, CT 06050

Phone: (860) 832-2824

E-mail: foust@ccsu.edu


East Asian Studies Committee


Sean Howook Chang, Ph.D., Tourism and Hospitality Studies (sean.chang@ccsu.edu)

Mathew Foust, Ph.D., Philosophy – East Asian Studies Program Coordinator (foust@ccsu.edu)

Mark Jones, Ph.D., History (jonesm@ccsu.edu)

Yanan Ju, Ph.D., Communications (ju@ccsu.edu)

Seunghun Lee, Ph.D., English (leeseu@ccsu.edu)

Yunliang Meng, Ph.D., Geography (mengy@ccsu.edu)

Paul Petterson, Ph.D., Political Science (pettersonp@ccsu.edu)

Xiaoping Shen, Ph.D., Geography (shenx@ccsu.edu)

Ivan Small, Ph.D., Anthropology (ivansmall@ccsu.edu)

Shizuko Tomoda, Ph.D.,Modern Language (tomodas@ccsu.edu)

Haoyu Wang, Ph.D., Manufacturing Construction management (wanghao@ccsu.edu)


Minor in East Asian Studies

We offer an 18 credit minor in East Asian Studies. Please contact the program Coordinator for additional details.



CCSU’s East Asian Center

CCSU Chinese Students Association

CCSU Japanese Club

CCSU Vietnamese Club

Connecticut China Council

Connecticut Chinese Cultural Center


Study Abroad Opportunities

Through the University’s partner institutions around the globe, CCSU students are presented with exciting opportunities to discover the world through overseas study. Living and learning in a new culture prepares students for the increasingly integrated and interdependent world around them. Students in the East Asian Studies program can apply to study abroad at any of the institutions listed below. For more information about studying abroad and for a full list of CCSU’s partner and affiliate universities worldwide, please visit the CIE's website.


Northwest University (Xi’an)

Shandong Normal University (Jinan)


Kansai Gaidai University (Hirakata)


Kyung Hee University (Seoul)