Dec 15, 2019  
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Major in East Asian Business Studies [Business]

Description of Field

The Faculty of Business, through its Centre for International Business Studies (CIBS), and in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts, Department of East Asian Studies, offers this innovative and unique program to produce business graduates with an expertise in the language, culture, history, and economics of East Asian countries with particular emphasis on China, Japan and Korea. Formal international study exchanges are available in China, Japan and Korea to enhance the experience in the program. Support has been received from the Asia Pacific Foundation and the Eldon Foote Endowment Fund.

Career Opportunities

Students acquire the functional business skills required of today's managers, and the language capability and cultural sensitivity enabling them to interact comfortably with Alberta and Canada's East Asian trading partners. A graduate would also qualify to assume an overseas posting or to pursue further studies in East Asian countries. Opportunities in all areas of business would exist both in the government and the private sector, wherever specialized expertise in the Far East is called for.

Sequence of Courses

Year Two—Winter

Year Three

  • HIST 281 - East Asia from 1500
  • ★6 in language (See Note 1)
  • ★3 Asian electives (See Note 3)
  • ★9 Senior Business electives (See Note 4)
  • ★3 International Business Electives (See Note 5)
  • ★6 in free electives (See Note 2)

Year Four

  • ★3 Asian electives (See Note 3)
  • ★9 Senior Business electives (See Note 4)
  • ★6 International Business electives (See Note 5)
  • ★12 in free electives (See Note 2)


  1. See (Language Streams) for specific sequencing. Some students in the Chinese stream may not be required to take as many language courses as others. In these cases, students must take an additional number of East Asian electives equal to the number of language courses from which they are exempt.
  2. Up to ★6 of the language requirements may be fulfilled by participation in an qualified academic exchange, international internship or work placement, approved international research project or international study tour related to the language of study. Contact the Undergraduate Programs Office for information on approved substitutes.
  3. Asian electives should be chosen from courses in culture, history, political science, economics and geography (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) relating to their area of interest. As available and appropriate courses will vary from year to year, students should consult the Undergraduate Office for approval of Asian electives. Students in the Chinese stream may be required to take more Asian electives depending on their language competency. See Language Streams(Chinese).
  4. See Courses in the Faculty of Business . Language studies majors should consider taking coursework in the secondary core in Business.
  5. International Business Electives may be chosen from the following: ACCTG 442; B LAW 442 , B LAW 444 ; BUEC 342 , BUEC 442 , BUEC 444 ; FIN 442 ; MARK 442 ; SMO 417 , SMO 435 . BUEC 342  is recommended as a first course in an International sequence.


  1. Students with a declared major in East Asian Studies may choose to do a minor in any subject area of Business. See Minors for Business Students  . Minors are recommended but are not required.
  2. Students with a declared major in another area may not do a minor in East Asian Studies.

Language Streams


Students in Chinese Studies will be divided into groups based on language competency determined by an interview with a representative of the Department of East Asian Studies.

Group 1: Those with no background in Mandarin or other Chinese language.
Group 2: Those with some prior knowledge of spoken Mandarin, but needing training in reading and writing.
Group 3: Those with knowledge of a dialect such as Cantonese.



Required Language Sequencing:

Please see the Undergraduate Office.