Mission Statement

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.

Why East Asian Languages and Cultures?

Studying in EALC will elevate your engagement with East Asian languages and cultures through our innovative, intriguing, and meaningful courses in Japanese and Chinese language, the literatures, cinemas, and cultures of East Asia, and an interdisciplinary curriculum that will enhance any course of study. Our students are motivated learners that are looking for ways to build their communication skills in a foreign language, deepen their understanding of culture and narratives, and get involved in an enthusiastic student community. Whether you are just curious about how studying East Asia may advance your learning goals or are hoping to take your language skills to the next level, there is a place for you in EALC.

Connect with WFU EALC Department


EALC Administrative Coordinator
Jennifer Taylor
Carswell Hall Room 022

EALC Department Chair
Andy Rodekohr
Carswell Hall Room 022A

Mailing address
P.O. Box 7457
Winston-Salem, NC 27109