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 and 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.
The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures offers four years of Chinese and Japanese, and three years of Korean. Our language courses are designed to introduce students to the spoken and written languages in China, Japan and Korea. Students progress to greater proficiency in speaking, reading and writing as they continue on to advanced levels. In addition to our language programs, we also offer a variety of classes to explore the unique literary and cultural histories of these countries.
This knowledge of language, literature, and culture will give you the verbal and conceptual tools to communicate with others and impact our shared world in new ways, here at Smith and wherever your future leads you.
Learning Goals -- Developing 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.
- Students' 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.
- Students will learn to analyze and interpret texts in an informed and critical way, both orally and in writing.
- Students will be able to conduct research on topics of their choice utilizing primary and secondary sources.
- Students' understanding of East Asian literature and culture will lead them to develop comparative perspectices on the world that go beyond simple East-West binaries.
- Students will 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.
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Have a question? Ask our liaisons!
- Chinese Program liaison: Kayla Gaskin '17
- Japanese Program liasion: EvaMarie Olson '19
- Korean Program liasion: Sarah Kolick '19
new report on foreign language learning in the u.s.
The Commission on Language Learning of the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences (AAAS), has released its data report on the state of language
learning: AAAS report on the state of language learning in the U.S.
Rosemary Feal, executive director of the MLA and one of the contributing
authors of the report, discusses in this article in Inside Higher Ed: Inside Higher Ed article on this report
The world's languages, in seven maps and charts
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