The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is dedicated to the study of the civilizations of China, Japan, and Korea in all their richness and diversity. Study involves not only East Asia's recent and increasingly vital role on the world scene, but also an examination of the complex and profound features of its long history. The focus is on the humanistic traditions, with particular emphasis on literature, history, religion, society, and cultural studies. The program stresses advanced language training as the foundation for research on East Asian cultures. Coursework concentrates on history, literature, religious studies, and anthropology.

Please see ASIAN STUDIES for the Master's program. See EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES for the Doctoral program.

Mailing Address

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Humanities and Social Science Building
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7075

Degree icon Degrees Offered

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Fall Admission Only:

  • December 10, 2023 (by 11:59 PM PST)

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  • Online application:
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal History and Diversity Statement, Resume or CV, and Writing Sample (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
  • English Language Exam Scores (if applicable): TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) total score of 80, or TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) total score of 550, or IELTS Overall Band score of 7, or Duolingo English Test total score of 120, or higher
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.

Translation Studies, Environment and Society (Ph.D. only)


Film, Media, Performing Arts, and Popular Culture Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Literature and Translation Studies; Modernity, Colonialism, and Globalization Studies; Religiosity and the History of Ideas.