The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures offers courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, literature, film, theater, and culture.

When you enroll in our department’s courses, you will be taking them from teachers who are nationally recognized as experts in their fields. In our highly rated language classes, you will learn to develop all language skills and use them with fluency and accuracy.

We recognize that linguistic skills alone are not sufficient; you also need to learn about culture and how to behave appropriately in that culture. Moreover, you will learn about other equally important cultural frameworks through the non-language courses offered in our department and other departments on campus.

News and Events

Chinese Language and Culture Club

EALL is proud to announce the establishment of a new student organization, The Chinese Club. The advisor is Ms. Juchun Wei.  If you are interested in club activities, please contact Lauren Manning at ljm80@pitt.edu. This Friday at 2:30 pm in either room 314 or room 341 of the Cathedral the club will be having its second language table.  Several additional native speakers will be in attendance.

Thee visiting faculty join the Department

Dunja Jelesijevic, Guanlan Xu, and Noriko Higashitani will join the faculty beginning this fall until the end of the academic year. Jelesijevic replaces David Mills, who retired at the end of June 2015 after 45 years of distinguished service. She is a specialist of premodern Japanese literature and religion and is now finishing her PhD degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. Guanlan Xu holds an MA degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the University of Iowa and a second M.A. degree in classical Chinese literature. She fills in for Wan-Ching Hsieh for the upcoming year. Higashitani just completed her MA in Japanese as a Foreign Language at the University of Kansas. She will replace Stephen Luft, who is now serving as resident director of Year-in-Japan program at Konan University (Kobe). She will teach language courses and serve as Academic Advisor for Chinese and Japanese majors. Please join us in welcoming three visiting faculty to our Department.

Chantel Furbert awarded a Bridging Scholarship
Chantel Furbert has been awarded a Bridging Scholarship for the Fall of 2015. Congratulations to her and to the Japanese program. She will use the money to study at Konan in the coming year. Her area is language and linguistics. Here is more information about the award: http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships-2015-fall.
Four students are awarded CLS Scholarships

Spencer Brown, Samuel Gonzales, and Rebecca Wallace were awarded Critical language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institute to Study Chinese. Christine Matt is currently studying in Japan with the same award.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace recognizes Chinese Major

Patrick Farrell was awarded the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship. He is a triple major in Chinese, Political Science, and Economics.

Amgen Scholars Award

Carly O'Conner, a double major in Japanese and Neuroscience, was awarded an Amgen Scholars Summer Research Award for 2015. She is working on a project at Tokyo University with applied genetics, studying female mamillary oocyte development and fertility.

Gilman Scholarship Winners

We congratulate two EALL majors, Jason Roberson and Abigail Smith, who were awarded a Gilman Scholarship. They are both planning to study in Japan during the Fall term of 2015. Over 2,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000 for fall and spring programs, and $3,000 for summer programs.

2015 EALL Departmental Awards

2015 awards for outstanding performance in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean were awarded to Rebecca Wallace, Douglas McNeil, Christina Matt, Sarah Dopierala, Sarah Horton and Alyson Caito.