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.
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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
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.
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
Summer Intensive Japanese in Tokyo, Japan:Travel in 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.
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
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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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