East Asian Languages & Cultures




Learn about the three oldest continuous civilizations in the world- China, Japan, and Korea- from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. The economic and political relationship between the U.S. and East Asia are among the most important for the U.S. in the 21st century. Japan and China are the world’s largest economies, after the United States; and South Korea and Taiwan are key U.S. trading partners.

Through the department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, you can study five languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Uyghur. Languages are supported by a variety of interdisciplinary courses, such as: literature, art history, sociology, anthropology, political science, business, and economics.

Career options: 

With an EALC B.A., you can pursue a range of careers, such as business, government, education and nonprofit organizations or pursue graduate study in East Asian languages and literatures. For more career options, visit the KU Career Center website.

East Asian Languages & Cultures Program

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Advisor name: 
Dr. Elaine Gerbert
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Associate Professor
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