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, Philip Kafalas
Department Administrator, Claudia Houndje
Chinese Language Coordinator, Fei Ren
Japanese Language Coordinator, Yoshiko Mori
Korean Language Coordinator, In Ku Marshall