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East Asian Studies Student Opportunities

Honors & Awards

East Asian Studies Honorary

Epsilon Alpha Sigma was founded on the Wittenberg campus in the spring of 1983. It is the first honorary in the United States dedicated to the recognition and advancement of excellence in East Asian Studies at the undergraduate level. Membership demands a high degree of academic achievement as well as endorsement by two faculty members who look for candidates to have a record of extra-curricular involvement in EAS activities along with excellence in their classroom work.

Shigeharu Matsumoto Award

This award, given to the outstanding senior in East Asian Studies, recognizes superior academic performance and outstanding community service. The award honors Shigeharu Matsumoto for his or her leadership in the development of peaceful relations among the United States, Japan and China.

Language Study Award

The award is given to the outstanding upperclass students of the Chinese and Japanese languages.

Eugene R. Swanger Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in the sophomore year to a religion or East Asian studies major who demonstrates high academic ability and promise as an East Asian studies scholar. The award, which is for the junior year, may be used for off-campus study related to Asian studies. The award honors the outstanding teaching and service of Eugene R. Swanger, Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies.

Department Activities

East Asian Studies Honorary

Epsilon Alpha Sigma was founded on the Wittenberg campus in the spring of 1983. It is the first honorary in the United States dedicated to the recognition and advancement of excellence in East Asian Studies at the undergraduate level. Membership demands a high degree of academic achievement as well as endorsement by two faculty members who look for candidates to have a record of extra-curricular involvement in EAS activities along with excellence in their classroom work.

East Asian Studies Journal

Completely written, edited, and published by undergraduate students from across the country, Wittenberg's East Asian Studies Journal is the only publication of its kind in the United States. "It features research articles and creative writings related to East Asia, written from a Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or integrative perspective.

East Asian Studies Student Club

The purpose of the East Asian Studies Student Club is to increase and strengthen the awareness of East Asia among Wittenberg students. It provides students who have an interest in East Asia with the opportunity to gather and socialize, draws students from East Asia into a closer relationship with American students, brings attention to the presence of the East Asian Studies academic program on the Wittenberg campus, and sponsors East Asian programming through films, speakers and exhibits. Activities include the Moon Viewing Festival, Chinese New Year Dinner, East Asian Studies Banquet and a film series. Membership is not limited to EAS majors - all are welcome to join.

Wittenberg Martial Arts Club

The Wittenberg Martial Arts Club offers instruction in Tae Kwon Do and Aikido. Tae Kwon Do is a highly aerobic and offensive martial art, while Aikido is a defensive art focusing on using the attacker's energy against him or herself. Membership is open to all students. The club offers opportunities for competition in tournaments and demonstrations.

Wittenberg Anime Club

The Wittenberg Anime Club is for students who are interested in Japanese-style animation such as Black Cat, Full Metal Alchemist or the films of Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, etc.).

Study Abroad

One goal of the EAS faculty is to have all of our students study in the East Asian country or city of their choice during their career at Wittenberg, whether it be China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan or South Korea. We believe that it is important for our students to have a real-life experience with the languages, histories, religions and politics they study on campus. We arrange for our students to spend a semester, a summer or a whole year in a variety of programs in places such as Beijing, Tokyo, Nagoya, Seoul, Osaka, Nanjing, Mukden and many other cities. We have exchange relationships with schools such as Sophia University and Kansai Gaidai in Japan and Fudan University in Shanghai, China. We are members of consortia that have study abroad programs in many cities throughout East Asia, giving our students a wide range of educational and living arrangements.

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