Variety of Courses
Each semester, about 50 courses are available at the university in East Asian subjects, and about 30 of these are offered directly through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. With interest in East Asia running high, language and culture classes draw a wide range of students who take advantage of the department's courses, programs, and learning resources.
The department currently offers a four-year sequence of modern language courses in Chinese, Japanese and Korean and a two-semester sequence of Classical Chinese. Language tables provide opportunities to improve speaking and listening skills. Federal funding through Title VI provides staff who conduct oral proficiency testing. The Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center supports the use of digital media to enhance language learning. Asian films are also available. Lecture and discussion courses in English, usually of small to moderate size, illustrate the diversity and development of East Asian cultures. A program in bibliographical and research techniques helps students master skills essential for advanced inquiry and lucid presentation.
Our faculty is meeting the demand for courses about contemporary East Asia while maintaining its dedication to the rich heritage of traditional East Asian cultures. Beyond course offerings, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, its affiliated departments, and the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) organize lectures, symposia, exhibits, films, and musical/theatrical performances for its students and the academic community. The overall goal of the department is to train students in interpreting, appreciating, and transmitting important cultural traditions and to aid in bridging the gap between East Asian lives and our own.
During their education, many students choose to extend their learning experience beyond their own campus by participating in study abroad programs at institutions affiliated with the University of Kansas. Study abroad affiliations include Sophia, Fukuoka, Obirin and Okayama Universities and Tsuda College (Japan); Nankai, Nanjing, and Zhengzhou Universities (People's Republic of China); the Mandarin Training Center in Taipei (Taiwan); and Sogang and Ewha Women's Universities (Republic of Korea). Students can receive partial financial assistance from the University of Kansas to attend these schools and credit for courses taken abroad can be transferred to KU and applied toward graduation requirements. Please visit the Office of Study Abroad, for more information.
The bachelor's and master's degrees in East Asian Languages and Cultures, backed by one or more years of study abroad, are first steps toward a variety of career choices. The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures' graduates have sought careers in teaching high school and have used their training in colleges, in business, in government, and in professional schools. Other graduates have continued their advanced education at schools such as Columbia University, Harvard University, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan, and Stanford University.
Please visit the KU Career Center, for more information.