East Asian Languages and Literatures
The goal of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department aims to introduce students to the region’s changing identity while emphasizing language proficiency as well as culture, literatures, film, and linguistics.
The department offers concentrations (majors) and minors in both Chinese and Japanese.
The concentrations emphasize work in the original language as a key to understanding China/Japan and related issues aiming at and preparing students for further studies in graduate schools and professional careers in international trade, government service, diplomacy, private business, journalism, and other related fields.
The Chinese Program sends students to its own study abroad program, Associated Colleges in China. The Japanese Program has a list of recommended programs, and students will select a program in consultation with faculty. Learn more about off-campus study.
While all Hamilton students have full access to a modern language laboratory, an audiovisual center and a recording studio, the department provides complete multimedia, interactive, digital versions of the language courses for all levels in the language laboratory.
Professors, instructors and teaching fellows in the department are native speakers of the Chinese and Japanese languages.
Explore Our Spaces
The Kirner-Johnson Building, also known as KJ, houses the offices for faculty members in East Asian languages and literatures. The building features an atrium, team rooms for working on group projects, and five case-method classrooms with the latest technology to support teaching and learning.
Chair, East Asian Languages and Literatures