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East Asian Languages and Cultures

Degree

Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is East Asian Languages and Cultures?

The East Asian Languages and Cultures program provides intensive studies in the languages and cultures of East Asia, focusing on China and Japan. China and Japan are the second and third largest economy in the world. Since these two countries are important trading partners with the United States, this major provides comprehensive training for such job markets. The major also provides a strong academic background for students who wish to pursue further academic degrees in Asian Studies or related fields. Graduates have taken jobs in computer software companies, airline companies, the military, educational institutions, and publishing companies.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Study abroad

The Chinese Program offers a summer intensive program in Tianjin, China. During the six weeks in China, students are able to take a maximum of 9 Miami credits in language and culture courses, and travel to Beijing and other interesting places. In addition, many students study abroad in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in programs associated with Miami University. The Japanese program has a long history of exchange with our partner university, Kansai-gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. We also send students to universities in the central Japan and Tokyo areas through the exchange consortium to which Miami belongs.

Personalized curriculum

The program provides intensive study in the languages and cultures of East Asia, focusing on Japan and China. Students who major in EALC choose a concentration from among the following three options: Japan, China or a combination of both Japan and China. It is advantageous for those studying in one area to possess some knowledge about the other; thus, a student could choose the Japan concentration and minor in Chinese or choose the China concentration and minor in Japanese.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

Along with Global Miami Plan Foundation courses, you would take language classes in either Chinese or Japanese, depending on your concentration. Other courses like Chinese and Japanese literature and film, Geography of East Asia, Politics of China, and International Relations of East Asia are also offered.

For more information, go to the EALC site of the GRAMELAC site.

What can I do with this major?

EALC graduates have gone into a wide range of career paths and graduate education, including business, publishing, education, military service, and technology. Recent graduates have taken jobs in computer software companies, airline companies, the military, educational institutions, and publishing companies.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures
172 Irvin Hall
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
513-529-2526