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The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford is dedicated to study of the languages, literatures, linguistics and cultures of East Asia. The Department prepares students for B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese and Japanese, and has a thriving program in Korean language. It also offers an undergraduate and a Ph.D. minor in Chinese or Japanese language and literature.

The department is home to the new Confucius Institute at Stanford University, which is dedicated to research and teaching on Chinese language and culture. The Confucius Institute will soon house a reference library on China, and will present public lectures and workshops open to the public.

The B.A. in East Asian languages is a degree for the "new humanist" who wants her or his education to be broad enough to understand a non-Western language and culture. Many students have found that the language skills acquired can be advantageous to their professional careers and have combined studies in East Asian Languages with offerings in other Stanford departments such as Anthropology, Art, Economics, Education, History, Law, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies and Sociology. Immersion into the cultures of East Asia is a large and important part of the programs in the Department. The East Asian Studies House, an undergraduate residence hall on campus, provides students a wide variety of opportunities to expand their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of East Asia. Students are also encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad, either in China or Japan, with Stanford's Overseas Study Program.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
521 Memorial Way, Knight Bldg.,
Stanford University,
Stanford, CA 94305-2000
Tel: (650) 725-2742
Fax: (650) 725-8931


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“Why am I glad to be a part of the EALC? That’s easy enough. The freedom (and resources) to pursue my own academic interests, professors equally attentive to the pursuit of knowledge and the practical exigencies of professional development, a supportive community of graduate students who continue to teach me new things on a daily basis, and opportunities to engage with contemporary authors and scholars hailing from all over the globe. If you have never thought that, say, Japanese linked verse from the 15th century or the popular literature of the early Showa Period could be exciting, I would ask you first to visit our doors.”

  Kevin Singleton, graduate student
East Asian Languages and Cultures

Links of Interest

›› Center for East Asian Studies
›› East Asian Library