East Asian Languages & Cultures 2024-25

The East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) major offered by the Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (DALLC) gives students an opportunity to pursue both language study and gain more in-depth knowledge about Chinese or Japanese culture. The major requires at least six semesters of language study (or to attain the minimum proficiency equivalent to the completion of 302) in one East Asian language offered by the department (currently Chinese Mandarin and Japanese), two CHIN/JAPN disciplinary courses on Chinese/Japanese literature, linguistics, or cultural studies, and two approved electives related to Chinese or Japanese language and culture. Students who have studied or otherwise developed some familiarity with Chinese or Japanese language before coming to Williams and who wish to continue their language study at the college should complete a placement evaluation before pre-registering for a language course. More information about the Chinese placement evaluation can be found at https://chinese.williams.edu/faq/. Students who wish to take the Japanese placement test should contact the Japanese faculty.

This major offers a dual-language option: students who are able to complete the 402 level in either Chinese or Japanese by the end of their sophomore year can opt to learn a second Asian language and reach the Intermediate level in speaking that language by the time of graduation. Please consult with the chair or language coordinator about this option. For more information about the major, please read the Course Catalog PDF document about the Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures or visit the department website.

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