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East Asian Languages & Literatures

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.

When you study East Asian languages, linguistics and literatures at Smith, you get the exciting opportunity to fully grasp the culture and impact of one our world's largest population groups. 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 fun events, projects and cultural activities; 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.


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About ASIANetwork: A consortium of around 160 North American colleges, ASIANetwork strives to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts education to help prepare succeeding generations of undergraduates for a world in which Asian societies play prominent roles in an ever more interdependent world.


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