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East Asian Studies at IU


Eric Cox

Eric Cox

East Asian Languages and Cultures major, studying Japanese and Korean

With help from EASC, undergraduate Eric Cox has taken his research from Indiana University to Tochigi prefecture, Japan, and Seoul, South Korea. During EASC’s summer home stay program in Tochigi, Eric conducted research on the popularity of Korean pop culture in Japan. The next year, EASC’s Korean Business and Culture course and study tour gave him the chance to pursue this research from the Korean side as well. Although he’s still exploring career paths, Eric says, “EASC’s programs have given me a broad range of experiences that I can carry into any future work.”

Language Programs & Resources

Indiana University offers training in all levels of modern Chinese, Japanese, and Korean as well as classical Chinese and Japanese languages.

In addition, the IU Chinese Flagship program offers two comprehensive training programs designed to produce global professionals with superior Chinese language skills: the Chinese Flagship Program for undergraduates and the Graduate Chinese Flagship Program. An eight-week residential Chinese language program is also offered through the summer Flagship Chinese Institute.


Center for Language Technology and Instructional Enrichment (CeLTIE) provides the technological expertise and professional development to support language learning, teaching, research, and assessment.

Conversation clubs and language tables provide weekly opportunities to converse with fellow learners and native speakers., developed by Rick Harbaugh, an EASC faculty member and assistant professor of business economics and public policy with the IU Kelley School of Business, is a genealogy and dictionary of Chinese characters. It graphically demonstrates the close interconnections between more than 4,000 Chinese characters.