The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Undergraduate Studies

The East Asian Languages & Cultures program offers solid language instruction along with interdisciplinary and transhistorical culture courses that allow students to think critically and broaden their perspective. The program boasts rigorous language courses led by experienced and dedicated instructors. At the end of their fourth year, undergraduate majors should be able to communicate in Chinese or Japanese comfortably in a socially appropriate manner.

The program also offers a variety of courses with topics ranging from literature and linguistics to history, film, religion, women’s studies, theater, diplomacy, and gay/queer studies. Through these courses, 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.

With the full array of courses at hand, our students have several choices to explore their interest in East Asia—four majors, two minors, a licensure, and three certificate programs.