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East Asian Languages & Literatures

Students in Professor Sujane Wu's classroom

China, Japan and Korea have vast histories spanning thousands of years. In the 21st century these countries have emerged as major players in our global economy. Knowledge of Asian languages and cultures is becoming increasingly important for working in many fields in the humanities, social sciences, technology, business and international relations.

Through studying East Asian languages, linguistics and literatures at Smith, you get the exciting opportunity to grasp the culture and impact of one of our world's largest populations. Whether you major or minor in Chinese or Japanese, minor in Korean or take classes to complement another major, you have the chance to study abroad, participate in events, engage in research projects that expand your cultural knowledge, and, most importantly, broaden your view to better understand and explore this rapidly changing region that is influencing the world in new and important ways.

News

EAS Merging with EALL in Fall 2020

In the fall of 2020, the Program in East Asian Studies (EAS) and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) will merge into a new department, East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC). Students will be able to pursue both majors (EAL and EAS) within the new department, and there are no changes to major requirements. The departments are excited to move forward together!

Have A Question? Ask Our Student Liaisons!

Chinese: TBA
Japanese: TBA
Korean: Sarah Kolick ’19

Requirements & Courses

To develop linguistic and cultural fluency, students will:

  • Be able to use Chinese, Japanese or Korean to navigate a variety of social and professional situations appropriately and confidently.
  • Grasp of both language and culture will allow them to have nuanced discussions about social and cultural issues, as well as professional and academic topics that are of interest to them, in Chinese, Japanese or Korean.
  • Learn to analyze and interpret texts in an informed and critical way, both orally and in writing.
  • Be able to conduct research on topics of their choice utilizing primary and secondary sources.
  • Have an understanding of East Asian literature and culture—modern and premodern—that will lead them to develop historical and comparative perspectives on the world that go beyond simple East-West binaries.
  • Engage with the international community at Smith and abroad, learning to communicate respect and understanding across cultures, preparing for—and beginning—lives of ongoing influence in today’s global world.

Advisers

Kimberly KonoYuri Kumagai, Jessica Moyer, Atsuko Takahashi and Sujane Wu

Prerequisites

The first year of Chinese (CHI 110 and 111) or Japanese (JPN 110 and 111) is a prerequisite for admission to the major. A language placement test is required prior to registration for students who have previously studied the language.

Requirements

Students are expected to concentrate in China or Japan and take a total of 11 courses (46 credits), distributed as follows:

Language (four courses in total, 18 credits):
  • Second-year language courses (10 credits): JPN 220 and 221 or CHI 220 and 221 (two courses). Students who place into the third year or above will have this credit requirement waived (that is, such students need only nine courses or 36 credits for the major).
  • Third-year language courses (8 credits): JPN 301 and 302 or CHI 301 and 302 (two courses). In consultation with their major advisers, students whose proficiency places them beyond the third year should substitute advanced language or literature courses for this requirement.
Literature (four courses in total, 16 credits):
  • At least three EAL-prefix courses (12 credits) in the literature or culture of the student's concentration, including a departmental seminar or equivalent. Students concentrating on China are strongly encouraged to take EAL 231, 232 and/or 234 early, and they must take at least one of these three courses. Students focusing on Japan are encouraged to take EAL 241 and 242 early, and they must take at least one of these courses.

  • At least one EAL-prefix course (4 credits) focusing principally on the literature of another East Asian country.

Electives (three courses in total, 12 credits):
  • Three additional courses (12 credits) may be chosen from other advanced language, literature and culture courses in the department, or, with the approval of the adviser, from East Asia-related courses in other departments.

Transferring Credit

Of the 11 required courses, no more than five normally shall be taken in other institutions, such as the Five Colleges, Junior Year Abroad programs or summer programs. Students should consult their advisers prior to taking such courses. S/U grading options are not allowed for courses counting toward the major. Native speakers of a language must consult with the major adviser regarding the language requirement.

The course requirements are designed so that a student will concentrate on one of the East Asian languages but will have the option of being exposed to other courses in the department.

Advisers

Kimberly Kono, Yuri Kumagai, Jessica Moyer, Atsuko Takahashi and Sujane Wu

Prerequisites

The first year of Chinese (CHI 110 and 111), Japanese (JPN 110 and 111) or Korean (KOR 101 and 102) is a prerequisite for admission.

Requirements

The minor consists of a total of six courses in the following distribution:

  1. Chinese II (CHI 220 and 221), Japanese II (JPN 220 and 221) or Korean II (KOR 201 and 202)

  2. Four courses, at least two of which must be EAL-prefix courses in the literature and culture of the student's concentration (see course offerings)

Transferring Credit

In addition to the courses offered at Smith, courses offered at the other four colleges or through the Junior Year Abroad program may be taken for credit toward the requirement, with the restriction that only three courses (counted toward the minor) taken outside of Smith are allowed. Students planning on spending their junior year abroad should consult the department and get approval for courses that will be credited toward the East Asian languages and literatures minor. They must also seek final approval for those courses upon their return. Some EAL courses not listed in the course offerings may be eligible.

Director: Sujane Wu

430d Thesis (8 credits)
Full year course; Offered each year

431 Thesis ( 8 credits)
Offered each Fall

Requirements

Same as for the departmental major plus the thesis, normally written in both semesters of the senior year (430d), with an oral examination on the thesis. In special cases, the thesis may be written in the first semester of the senior year (431).

The courses within the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures are designed to introduce you to the spoken and written word in the Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. Students progress to greater proficiency in speaking, reading and writing as they continue in advanced courses, building on their skills and vocabulary. In addition to our languages courses, we offer a variety of classes to explore the literature, history and culture of these fascinating countries. All EAL courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted.

Search the Smith College Course Catalog for current course offerings. You can also find courses within the Five Colleges.

Below is a list of 2018-19 courses:

***FALL 2018***

EAL 231 01 The Culture of the Lyric in Traditional China 
Sujane Wu

EAL 233 01 Chinese Travel Writing 
Sujane Wu

EAL/CLT 239 01 Intimacy in Contemporary Chinese Women’s Fiction 

Sabina Knight

EAL 242 01 Modern Japanese Literature 
Kimberly Kono

EAL 253 01 Korean Cinema: Cinema and the Masses

Irhe Sohn

EAL 261 01 Gender and Sexuality in Late Imperial Chinese Literature

Instructor TBA

EAL 292 01 Topics in Japanese Popular Culture

Japanese Popular Culture and its Traditional Context

Joannah Peterson

CHI 110 01 02 03 Chinese I (Intensive)

Yalin Chen, Jessica D. Moyer

CHI 220 01 02 Chinese II (Intensive)

Ling Zhao

CHI 301 01 Chinese III

Lu Yu

CHI 350 01 Advanced Readings in Chinese: Modern Literary Texts

Ling Zhao

JPN 110 01 02 Japanese I (Intensive)

Atsuko Takahashi

JPN 110 03 Japanese I (Intensive)

Joannah Peterson

JPN 220 01 02 Japanese II (Intensive)

Yuri Kumagai

JPN 301 01 Japanese III (Intensive)

Yuri Kumagai

JPN 350 01 Contemporary Texts I

Atsuko Takahashi

KOR 101 01 03 Korean I

Suk Massey

KOR 101 02 Korean I

Instructor TBA

KOR 201 01 Korean II

Irhe Sohn

KOR 301 01 Korean III

Suk Massey

***SPRING 2019***

EAL/CLT 228 01 The Creaturely Voice in Chinese Fiction

Instructor TBA

EAL/CLT 232 01 Modern Chinese Literature

Instructor TBA

EAL 234 01 Self and Society in Chinese Fiction and Drama

Jessica D. Moyer

EAL 241 01 Literature and Culture in Premodern Japan: Court Ladies, Wandering Monks and Urban Rakes

Joannah Peterson

EAL 244 01 Japanese Women’s Writing

Kimberly Kono

EAL 254 01 Modern Korean Literature in Translation

Irhe Sohn

EAL 262 01 Representation of Women in Chinese Culture

Instructor TBA

EAL 273 01 Women and Narration in Modern Korea

Irhe Sohn

EAL 360 01 Seminar: Topics in East Asian Languages and Literatures

Book History and Print Culture in China and Japan

Jessica D. Moyer

CHI 111 01 02 Chinese I (Intensive)

Yalin Chen

CHI 221 01 Chinese II (Intensive)

Ling Zhao

CHI 302 01 Chinese III

Lu Yu

CHI 351 01 Advanced Readings in Chinese

Modern and Contemporary Texts

Ling Zhao

JPN 111 01 02 Japanese I (Intensive)

Joannah Peterson, Atsuko Takahashi, Yuko Takahashi

JPN 221 01 Japanese II (Intensive)

Kimberly Kono

JPN 302 01 Japanese III

Atsuko Takahashi

KOR 102 01 Korean I

Suk Massey

KOR 202 01 Korean II

Suk Massey

KOR 302 01 Korean III

Instructor TBA

Events

Featured Event
Sep
7

EALL Open House

  • Dewey Common Room, 3-5 p.m.
  • Come and enjoy an open house to learn more about the EALL department.

Oct
18

Joint Presentation of the EAS and EALL major and minor

  • Campus Center 205 Lounge, 12-1 p.m.
  • Joint Presentation of the Major and Minor in East Asian Studies and East Asian Languages and Literatures

 

There are a number of Smith-approved programs in Asia. Learn more about study abroad on the Office for International Study website.

China

Associated Colleges in China
Smith Consortium Program

Japan

Associated Kyoto Program
Smith consortium program

Korea

CIEE: Yonsei University
Summer Program at Ewha Woman's University, Seoul

Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme 

The Research Grants Council of Hong Kong offers the Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme. This program aims to attract top international students to pursue doctoral studies in Hong Kong's world-class research universities. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend and a conference and research-related travel allowance per year for a period of three years. More than 230 fellowships will be awarded for doctoral studies commencing in the 2018/19 academic year. The deadline for the initial application is December 1, 2017. For further information, contact HKPF@ugc.edu.hk.

Intensive Summer Language Study Grant

The application form for this program is available on the class deans website.

TUSA Ambassador Scholarship

The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program is an ambassador program—a unique program designed for students who will be representing their state, as well as the United States, and acting as ambassadors to Taiwan. The guidelines and application forms are available on the the Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance website.

Blakemore Fellowship

The Blakemore Foundation was established in 1990 by Thomas and Frances Blakemore to encourage the advanced study of Asian languages and to improve the understanding of Asian fine arts in the United States. Since 1990, the foundation, with the support of The Freeman Foundation, has awarded over $17 million in grants to college graduates and young professionals for an academic year abroad in full-time intensive language study. The fellowships cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation.

Taiwan Scholarship Program & Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES)

TSP is designed for students to seek a degree program, including a bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs, in Taiwan. HES sponsors those who study Mandarin language courses in Taiwan. The guidelines and application forms are available on the Taiwan Scholarship website.

Asian Studies Grants and Fellowships

The Association for Asian Studies offers a listing of grants and fellowships.

Critical Language Scholarships

A program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. The application and further information can be found on the Critical Language Scholarship website.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Awards provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East, where they can add international and language components to their education. Boren scholars and fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including, but not limited to, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

Study Abroad in Japan

The United States-Japan Bridging Foundation offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Scholarships assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year.

Contact

East Asian Languages & Literatures
18 Henshaw Avenue B1-204
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: 413-585-3591

Adminstrative Assistant: Kathleen Gauger
Office hours are Monday–Friday,
8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Individual appointments may be arranged directly with the faculty.