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. We focus on East Asia’s increasingly vital role on the world scene, and on the region’s long and fascinating history.

We offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in three areas: Asian Studies, Chinese, and Japanese.

As the East Asian region becomes ever more relevant globally, what happens there increasingly affects lives in the U.S. and elsewhere. Economic activity, political events, international conflicts, bilateral cooperation, and cultural evolution all play a part.

We seek to make the region more intelligible by providing linguistic, cultural, and historical contexts to current issues, and to challenge mainstream perceptions by offering students, as well as the larger community, in-depth knowledge and alternative visions of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean societies past and present.