The department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is interdisciplinary by its very nature, promoting learning and understanding of one of the most ancient and yet fastest-changing regions in today's world through the lens of different academic disciplines.

While we'll encourage you to ground your study in either the Chinese or Japanese language, you will deepen your study of Chinese or Japanese through courses in language, history, government, cinema, music and art.

Some examples:

  • The foundation course of the East Asian Studies major, East Asian Studies 101: "Beyond the 'Orient': Critical Approaches to East Asian Literature and Film," examines and redresses the various problematic assumptions often brought to the study of East Asian cultures, specifically China and Japan.
  • Chinese/GWS 244, "Modern Chinese Women's Writing in Translation," uses contemporary theories of gender to explore Chinese literature.

You may choose to double major or to minor in a second field, such as international relations, economics, history, philosophy, film studies, English, dance, art history, gender and women's studies, or the sciences. You'll be encouraged to work closely with your EALC adviser to plan a course of academic study that best integrates both majors.

If you major in East Asian Languages and Cultures, you may also apply to College's innovative interdisciplinary centers and earn a certificate for study that includes a challenging combination of course work, in-depth research and a funded summer internship in the U.S. or abroad. The four centers are:

- Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology
- Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies
- Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy
- Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA)

As an East Asian Languages and Cultures major, you may consider working with the College's newest interdisciplinary program, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. Inaugurated in 2005, CCSRE is a connecting point for all of the College's resources for researching and teaching race and ethnicity.