East Asian Languages & Cultures

What Is It?:

Through East Asian Languages and Cultures, students will gain a firm competence in an East Asian language, a solid familiarity with East Asian cultures through multiple disciplines, and a more advanced knowledge of the region including research and writing in a seminar format. The major and minor are useful for students seeking a broad liberal arts education and preparing for graduate or professional study involving East Asia.

For more information, please visit the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Concentrations:

East Asian Languages and Cultures: provides an introductory knowledge of the civilizations of East Asia, a firm competence in an East Asian language (Japanese, Korean or Mandarin Chinese), a solid familiarity with East Asian cultures through multiple disciplines, and a more advanced knowledge of the region including research and writing in a seminar or senior project. 

Preparatory to the Teaching of East Asian Languages: prepares students for certification for teaching East Asian Languages (Japanese or Mandarin Chinese) in the public schools in Illinois.
 

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • ASST 104—Asian Mythology
  • EALC 120—East Asian Civilization
  • EALC 250—Introduction to Japanese Culture

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period. 

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Animation Industry
  • Business
  • CIA
  • Education
  • Foreign Service Institute
  • Government
  • Language teaching
  • Law

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Advertising Executive
  • Archivist
  • Attorney
  • Business Manager
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Customs or Immigration Officer
  • Editor or Writer
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Import/Export Specialist
  • International Banker
  • International Consultant
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Peace Corps or VISTA Worker
  • Politician
  • Professor or Educator
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Publications Specialist
  • Translator
  • Travel Consultant

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSOrelated to this major, such as:
    • Chinese Students and Scholars Association: Promotes enjoyment of companion animals through related activities, such as volunteer opportunities and social events, while providing career and educational resources for its members.
    • Illini Japanese Association: helps people understand the Japanese culture and/or language better, as well as helps communities exchange ideas and views regarding Japan and new UIUC students from Japan. The association also provides a strong bridge for UIUC students who seek internship or job opportunities in Japan or with Japanese companies.
    • Korean Cultural Center: raises awareness and appreciation of Korean culture and functions as a place to foster multiculturalism and inter-cultural exchanges in the United States

Related Skills:

  • Ability to adapt programs and services to a cultural audience
  • Ability to communicate ideas
  • Adaptability to other lifestyles
  • Become knowledgeable of other cultures, regions, traditions, and institutions
  • Cross-cultural analytical skills
  • Gain and develop language skills
  • Sensitivity to diverse viewpoints
  • Strong listening skills

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in East Asian Languages and Cultures, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to East Asian Languages and Cultures.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of East Asian Languages and Cultures.  These organizations include Asian American Institute.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures, visit Undergraduate Programs.