The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) is committed to the mission of liberal arts education in an increasingly diverse and global world, both for students pursuing the major and for non-majors interested in East Asian languages, literatures and cultures. The program provides students with rigorous training in the study of the languages, literatures and cultures of China and Japan.
The language courses are designed to develop advanced communication skills in Japanese and Chinese through intensive language training and to provide a foundation for understanding the cultural traditions of China and Japan. The Literature in Translation culture courses aim to foster an awareness and understanding of East Asian cultures through an interdisciplinary approach, introducing historical background, social, philosophical, political issues, and other cultural concerns relevant and necessary to understanding East Asia. The department's curricula provide solid disciplinary training, preparing students to meet the challenges in future graduate studies or in professional careers.