WHAT You’ll LEARN

  • Japanese or Chinese language
  • Literary and cultural works
  • How cultures merge tradition with new challenges

WHO YOU COULD BE

  • Teacher
  • International business professional/consultant
  • Student services coordinator for international travel in Asia

OVERVIEW

Did you know that Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world? That seven U.S. federal agencies recognize that having Japanese-speaking citizens is important for the future of the country? Or that Arabic is spoken in 20 different countries? By studying these languages and cultures, you will learn about their rich histories and about their growing importance in the contemporary world.

The Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) Program has majors and minors in Japanese and Chinese language and culture, and provides four full years of study in both languages. It offers literature and culture courses exploring how China and Japan deal with their traditional cultural legacies while facing new challenges and opportunities in the present. ALC also offers two years of Arabic, and occasionally offers one year of other Asian languages.

 

Lauren Finnegan '21
STUDENT
Lauren Finnegan ’21

"I'm not only a Japanese major, but I'm an international business major, as well, so learning about the inner workings and values of different cultures is very interesting for both of my interests."