The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures offers courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, literature, film, theater, and culture.
In our highly rated language classes, students will learn to develop all language skills and use them with fluency and accuracy.
Because linguistic skills alone are not sufficient, students also learn about culture and how to behave appropriately in that culture. Students will also learn about other equally important cultural frameworks through courses on literature, culture, and film courses.
Why study East Asian foreign languages and cultures?
- Studying these languages poses a great deal of intellectual challenge, which provides a seed for personal growth. If you're a student who values challenges and thrive on them, choose one of our languages.
- In career planning, students will obtain a professional advantage over those who have not studied languages or a commonly taught languages.
- Studying a foreign language facilitates developing an intercultural sensitivity and diversity.
- Asia is the wave of the future!
- Chinese is spoken by one out of four people in the world. Japanese ranks ninth in the world; Korean ranks thirteenth. Wouldn't you like to know what these 1.2 billion people are talking about?
- China and Korea are two of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Japan is an economic power, third only to the United States and China in size.
- Asian companies are everywhere.
- East Asia requires our attention now.
- China is the cradle of one of the oldest civilization.
- What insights do China, Japan, Korea offer in the arts, literature, and cinema?
- Why is Asian popular culture enjoyed so much around the world?
- Understanding Asia is crucial for issues relating to international security.
Why major in an East Asian language?
Regardless of your major, competence in one of our languages will distinguish your list of job credentials. If you're interested in becoming a person with an understanding of the diversity of the world or have an eye toward a future career in politics, business, government, law, computer science, military service, or engineering, you will benefit from studying in our department.
Students who aren't sure about majoring in one of these languages, but would like to add an East Asian perspective should minor in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, and enroll in the Asian Studies Certificate Program.
To gain firsthand exposure to East Asia, EALL students will have a good chance of obtaining financial assistance. Every year, more than a dozen students receive financial assistance to study in Asia. You may also apply for internship positions in Asia or in companies in the United States where you can use the skills and knowledge you will acquire in our department.
The University of Pittsburgh is one of the leading centers of study relating to East Asia. Our Asian Studies Center promotes, coordinates, and supports a variety of activities, including conferences, workshops, cultural events, research, and teaching on campus and in the region.
As a department that offers courses on East Asia, our department is central to ASC’s activity. You may be surprised to know that 45 Pitt professors teach and do research on Asia. Pitt offers more than 200 Asia-related courses on a regular basis, with a yearly enrollment of 2,500 students.
The Hillman Library is the home of one of the largest East Asian libraries in the United States, with a total collection of over 420,000 Chinese, Japanese, and Korean books and periodicals. In addition, Hillman Library Media Center has a large collection of East Asian films, videos, and DVDs, numbering over 5,600 titles.
If you are interested in meeting our faculty, come and visit us. The department is located on the 27th Floor of the Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Please contact Paula Locante to make an appointment. See Google Map.