The department offers a full program of instruction in the languages, literatures, and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea.

These areas of East Asia represent three of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world. Japan and mainland China are the world’s largest economies, after the United States. South Korea and Taiwan are key U.S. trading partners. The economic and political relationship between the U.S. and East Asia will be among the most important for the U.S. in the 21st century.

With an EALC B.A., students can pursue a range of careers in business, government, education, nonprofit organizations, to name a few, or continue on to graduate study in East Asian languages and literatures. Some students choose EALC related courses to connect with their heritages or to fulfill personal interests.

The art and artifacts pictured in this slideshow are courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art » at KU, which includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art » .


Language Events
Sep 10
AEC Conversation Groups
10:00 am
Sep 10
Fall Faculty Colloquium
12:00 pm
Sep 11
AEC Conversation Groups
10:00 am
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