East Asian Languages & Cultures

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures strives to cultivate proficiency in Japanese and Chinese languages and understanding of East Asian cultures from an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective. Our rigorous curriculum of language, literature, film, and culture develops students’ communication skills and analytical abilities, expands their intellectual curiosity, knowledge, and appreciation of cultures and societies in East Asia, and fosters their critical and empathetic capacities to engage with diverse cultures, experiences, and views. The department firmly believes that translingual and transcultural competencies are crucial to global citizenship and creating a more inclusive, sustainable, and compassionate society.