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Languages for the 21st Century

Some current facts:

  • More than 60% of the world’s population resides in Asia, with China and India the most heavily populated nations on earth.
  • China and Japan are now the second and third largest economies in the world, after the United States. Scholars and economists predict that by mid-century the economies of China and India will surpass that of the U.S.
  • Asia’s impact on global finance and corporate business practice, natural resources and the environment, innovations in science and technology, and international relations is indisputable.
  • Asia’s surging prominence as an economic and political powerhouse is, increasingly, the subject of political discussion and debate within the U.S. and Europe.  

The contemporary political and economic fusion of Asia and the West makes knowledge of the diverse languages and cultures of East Asia vital to an informed understanding of our global community and indispensable to an adequate preparation for Asia-related careers focusing on business, finance, politics, public policy, literature, economics, communications, technology, and the arts.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures provides the resources and instruction necessary for success in these fields through rigorous language instruction in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean as well as courses in English on literature, philosophy, religion, history, film, gender studies, political science, anthropology, business, and culture.

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