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Human Behaviors, Cultures, Languages, and Literatures

East Asian Languages and Cultures

Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

Why Study About East Asia?

The East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) major provides intensive studies in the languages and cultures of East Asia, focusing on China and Japan, the world's #2 and #3 largest economies and important U.S. trading partners. EALC prepares students for careers in government, defense, science, engineering, technology, education, and publishing.

Contact Info

Kazue Harada (Japan), Ph.D.
Haosheng Yang (China), Ph.D.
Lead Departmental Advisors

Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Culture

172 Irvin Hall

400 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

This major offers a broad knowledge of East Asian cultures and languages, focusing on China and Japan, from various fields of literature, history, art, geography, and religion. Students can choose either China concentration or Japan concentration. Students are required to complete 15 credit hours of their chosen languages above 201, plus 9 selective hours (China or Japan) and 12 related hours.

  • CHI 251 Traditional Chinese Literature in English Translation
  • CHI 264 Chinese Cinema and Culture
  • JPN 231 Japanese Tales of the Supernatural in English Translation
  • JPN 255 Drama in China and Japan in English Translation
  • JPN 266 Surveys of Japanese Cinema

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Course Catalog

Career Options

EALC graduates have gone into a wide range of career paths and graduate education, including business, publishing, education, military service, and technology. Recent graduates have taken jobs in computer software companies, airline companies, the military, educational institutions, and publishing companies.

Additional Opportunities

GRAMELAC works with the Office of Global Initiatives to offer several types of study/education abroad programs, including: Intensive Chinese Summer in Tianjin, China; Miami in Munich; Intensive German Summer in Germany; Kansai Gaidai in Osaka, Japan; Intensive Japanese Summer in Japan; Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies

  • Downtown Tokyo

    Study abroad

    Summer Intensive Japanese in Tokyo, Japan:
    An exhilarating total immersion Japanese program in Tokyo. This intensive workshop with the thrill of living and traveling in Japan gives students the opportunity to complete one full year of college Japanese at 200-level or 300-level sequences in 6 weeks.

    Travel in Japan
  • Intensive Chinese Summer Program in Tianjin, China

    The 6-week intensive Chinese summer program in Tianjin provides a great opportunity for student immersion in Chinese culture, improvement of language skills, and increased understanding of China. Also includes excursions to historical and cultural sites. Students may earn up to 9 Miami credits.

    Travel in China
  • Global Initiatives

    Life-changing, community-impacting education reaches across disciplines, borders, and cultures to inspire creativity, drive innovation, and build meaningful relationships. Global Initiatives works to cultivate respect, inclusiveness, and cultural competence by providing global educational opportunities.

    Visit Global Initiatives

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Max Micheli
  • Max received the competitive Boren Scholarship to study upper-level Mandarin in China. He plans to use his language experience to work in cybersecurity.

    Max Micheli ’20
    East Asian Languages and Cultures, International Studies

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