The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures provides undergraduates with the ideal two-pronged approach to language learning. We offer small classes, especially our language classes, and outcome-based curricula in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The faculty members teaching our East Asian literature, culture, and film courses are among the best scholar-teachers in the country, and our program size enables us to provide individualized attention, feedback, mentoring, and advising to our undergraduates.
I became interested in studying Japanese my senior year of high school after beginning to watch anime with some friends. At the time, I knew I wanted to learn a language to fluency and I figured, given how interested I was becoming in Japanese culture, Japanese would be a good language to learn. Coming to Pitt and taking classes with the amazing Japanese instructors really opened up my world and made me realize just how much I didn't know about Japan and how much I wanted to learn more. The class that I consider to have had the most impact on my life, "Aspects of Japanese Language," was taught by one such amazing instructor, Hiroshi Nara.
-Chisom Obasih (Japanese and Neuroscience major; Asian Studies certificate)
Undergraduate students in EALL are mentored by all of our faculty, and we provide extensive opportunities for students to grow academically and be recognized for their achievements, through scholarships, awards, and participation in the annual undergraduate research fair. Our faculty members are highly engaged in our research and honors programs and it's not uncommon for undergraduate students to participate in substantive research initiatives alongside faculty mentors. Students in our department can also anticipate engaging in numerous networking and professional development activities beyond the classroom. Our faculty regularly host film festivals, workshops, and scholarly talks that are primarily for our undergraduates. Faculty also participate in the life of the department by serving as advisors of student clubs. In addition, we sponsor events to which EALL alumni are invited to network with our students; recruitment meetings several times a year; and placement activities done in cooperation with the Asian Studies Center.
We have well-established programs for short term (ten days to five weeks), medium term (one semester), and long term (one year) Study Abroad opportunities, primarily in Japan. We are also working hard develop these opportunities of our own in China and Korea. There is substantial financial aid to defy the cost of studying abroad, through the ASC and national organizations.
For more information about our department, or to schedule a visit or tour, please contact the Dietrich School's Manager of Undergraduate Recruitment, Nicole Horvath, at email@example.com.