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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

East Asian Language and Literatures

Program Offerings

Academic Division: College

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Academic Programs: Course Offerings:

Example Career Outcomes

  • Business
  • Foreign Service
  • Graduate school
  • Teaching

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.

Program Highlights

  • Daily interaction with native and proficient non-native speaking instructors Opportunities for study abroad in both China and Japan through Spring Term Abroad, Semester Abroad and Year Abroad programs.
  • Japanese Tea Room (Cultural Activities Space, Watson Pavilion)
  • Senior Thesis Capstone project with an Honors component Literature in Translation Courses offered each semester for a deeper exploration of language, aesthetic traditions and cultural issues
  • The Andrew Hemm Award and the James Boardman Study Abroad Scholarship are awarded annually
  • Cultural activities celebrating the Lunar New Year and the Moon Festival “A Taste of Asia” Open House