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    The East Asian Languages & Cultures faculty is a close-knit, friendly community of teacher-scholars that emphasizes the education of our students at all levels. Our students have gone on to graduate school in various fields of study and become professors; they have also found English-teaching jobs abroad, as well as jobs in business, publishing, government, and translation.

Japanese Placement Test - Spring 2017

January 18, 2017

Please use this link to register for the placement test. Additional information, including scheduled test times, will be found there. Students who have studied Japanese elsewhere before coming to U...

Program Name Change

September 01, 2016

As of September 2016, the Asian Languages and Literatures program will officially change its name to East Asian Languages and Cultures. We believe this more accurately reflects the work we do in th...

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Jan
23

Japanese Placement Test

Herter Hall 301
2:00 pm

Jan
24

Japanese Placement Test

Herter Hall 301
1:30 pm

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Why study Asian languages?

In addition to becoming proficient in three of the most difficult languages in the world, our students learn how to think and write critically, how to present and discuss Asia intelligibly to others, and how to apply what they have learned here to their jobs after they graduate. Many of our majors spend at least a semester in an Asian country during their undergraduate careers so they also learn how to be sensitive to the cultural differences between Asian and American cultures—the most important step in becoming global citizens.

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