Welcome to Asian Languages and Cultures

Welcome to Asian Languages and Cultures

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Our Major/Minor Programs: The department offers major programs (12 courses/36 credits) and minor programs (6 courses/18 credits) in Asian StudiesChineseJapanese, and Korean. Majors earn their B.A. in Asian Studies, B.A. in Chinese, B.A. in Japanese, or B.A. in Korean when they graduate.

Our Mission: We have created an exceptional learning environment for the study of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages and cultures, and recently added Filipino and Vietnamese to our language offerings. Our faculty members conduct cutting-edge research that is transforming the fields of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Studies in North America and internationally.

Our Courses: We provide the richest and most substantial offering of courses on East Asia in the State of New Jersey.

Our SAS Signature Courses: Among our most exciting course offerings are “Heroism” (Fall semester) and "Global East Asia" (Spring semester) Signature Courses. Their popularity demonstrates that Rutgers students perceive East Asia to be of key importance to their futures, and thus they want to engage with the region and understand it thoroughly.

Our Byrne Seminars: Designed for incoming first-year students, our department faculty offer one-credit Byrne Seminars as a way of introducing their research in an informal learning experience. In 2019-2020, the seminars are “How to Learn a Chinese Dialect” (Prof. R. V. Simmons) and "Korean Hip-Hop: A New Poetic Intervention" (Prof. Young-mee Cho) offered in the Spring semester. Of related interest is the Dance Department’s “Looking East: A Different Way of Learning Dance, Language, Traditional Arts and Cultures through Movement,” offered Fall and Spring semesters.

Our Study Abroad Programs: We encourage our students whenever possible to experience East Asia directly through our innovative Study Abroad programs in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. 

Our Beijing Summer Chinese Language Program: In this faculty-led program, students can spend six weeks engaged in intensive immersion instruction at China's premier institution for language learning in the heart of the Chinese capital.

Our Graduate Program: The department offers two graduate degrees, a Masters for Teachers of Chinese (MAT), preparing teachers to excel in a variety of K-12 programs throughout the State of New Jersey, and a Master of Arts (MA) in East Asian Languages and Cultures, preparing graduates for a wide range of Asia-related jobs or further graduate study.

Our Faculty: In support of our teaching and research, our department's faculty members are thoroughly engaged in academic dialogue and collaboration, and have plans to host the following scholarly events: 14th Annual Meeting of the Chinese Medieval Studies Workshop (2020); The Role of Image and Text in Modern Korean History (2020); Annual Meeting of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies (2021).

Our Speaker Series: The department offers an active schedule each semester of invited speakers in workshops, lecture series, and mini-conferences in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Studies.

The Rutgers Confucius Institute sponsors many China Studies related events and programs.

The Rutgers East Asian Library has a strong and growing collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials.

The Rutgers Library is also expanding the collection of online databases and electronic resources.

Our History: Our department has a long and rich history of exchange with East Asia spanning from the 19th century to the present. We invite you to explore our department's website, participate in our exciting programs, and celebrate our history with us!

Paul G. Schalow

Chair, Asian Languages and Cultures