Japanese Studies permeates academic programs offered by such departments as East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC), History, Economics, History of Art, Design, Musicology, History and Sociology of Science, Political Science, Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology. Researchers associated with the University Museum focus on Japanese archaeology and early civilization; scholars at the Wharton School concentrate on Japanese economics, finance, and commerce; and students at the Lauder Institute endeavor to earn a joint MBA/MA degree in Management and International Studies with a concentration on Japan.
Many faculty and students with a focus on Japan are located in the EALC department. Formally established in 2005 when the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies divided along geographic lines, the department dates back to the 19th century when Penn was one of the first universities to offer courses in the languages and civilizations of what was then referred to as “the Orient.” EALC is now a department of interdisciplinary scholars who focus on the humanistic tradition of East Asia, covering both the classical and modern civilizations of China, Japan and Korea. We teach and research the disciplines of history, literary history, linguistics, art history, performance and gender studies, philosophy, religion and ethics. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in both Chinese and Japanese Studies and is building a parallel program for Korean Studies.