Explore Two Millennia of Eastern Thought
Two millennia of Eastern thought. One year of deep study. In the Master of Arts in Eastern Classics program, students probe the great works that are central to the philosophical, literary, and religious traditions of China, India, and Japan. Through close reading and spirited discussion, students and faculty alike examine each text’s most vital questions—questions that are fundamental to Eastern thought, Asian studies, and human nature.
Students now have the choice to complete our graduate degree program online or in-person. You can experience a deeply personal education rooted in the St. John’s tradition of great books and thoughtful exploration alongside your fellow students and our experienced tutors from anywhere in the world. There are no prerecorded lessons, no lectures, and no overenrolled classes.
This one-year master’s degree is a deep dive into three important Asian cultures, and also traces the movement of Buddhism across geographic regions and across millennia. From Confucius to the Bhagavad Gita to The Tale of the Heike, the Eastern Classics curriculum is wide and varied in scope and includes students selecting intensive language tutorials in either Sanskrit or Classical Chinese.
Classes meet in the late afternoon and evenings to accommodate work and family schedules.
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