• Departmental Learning Goals

    Departmental Learning Goals

    Giving students a comprehensive understanding of the languages and cultures of East Asia.

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  • Course Offerings

    Course Offerings

    A full list of classes to be offered in the present and upcoming semesters.

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  • Language Assessment

    Language Assessment

    Information on language course placement exams & the SFS language proficiency exam.

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  • Faculty, Staff, and Visiting Researchers

    Faculty, Staff, and Visiting Researchers

    People are the foundation of our department.

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  • Our Students and Alumni

    Our Students and Alumni

    The activities and experiences of our students, both past and present.

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  • Resources & Study Abroad

    Resources & Study Abroad

    Helpful links for students and information on Georgetown approved study abroad programs and other recommended language programs.

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  • Media


    Videos and images produced by EALC and its students. Image Credit: Julien Isaacs

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Chinese and Japanese language majors were established at Georgetown University in 1949. Today the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures included majors and minors in Chinese and Japanese, as well as a new minor in Korean.  We offer some of the most rigorous Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language training in the country. In addition to three-year sequences of structured intensive instruction, the department has a large variety of advanced electives taught in target language. Many of our students, and all of our majors, spend a semester or a year abroad at one of our partner institutions in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Korea, where they receive further intensive language instruction and benefit from immersion in the culture.

The East Asian Languages and Cultures is more than a language program. It offers students comprehensive exposure to the cultures of East Asia.  Upper-level courses conducted in the target languages cover topics from traditional and modern literature, to myths and philosophical texts, to business and economic affairs.  In addition, our course offerings in English introduce a wider student body to aspects of East Asian culture including literature (from ancient to contemporary), film and anime, linguistics, Catholicism in Japan, and East Asian urbanism and food cultures.

Department Chair, Jingyuan Zhang
(202) 687-7309

Department Administrator, Maria Dsouza
(202) 687-5918

Chinese Language Coordinator, Fei Ren
(202) 687-8347

Japanese Language Coordinator, Yoshiko Mori
(202) 687-5098

Korean Language Coordinator, Min Koo Choi
(202) 687-3955