About EALC

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Contact Information:

2090 A Foreign Languages Building
707 S. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA
ph: 217-244-1432, fx: 217-244-2223
email: ealc@illinois.edu

Head: Robert Tierney rtierney@illinois.edu
Director of Graduate Studies: Chilin Shih cls@illinois.edu
Director of Undergraduate Studies: Misumi Sadler sadlerm@illinois.edu
Office Manager: Lenore Sroka lsroka@illinois.edu



East Asian Languages and Cultures is a department in the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The department offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) major and minor, Master of Arts (M.A.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The department offers courses in the languages, literatures, societies, and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea. The Department's own rich offerings are supplemented by courses taught by the Department of ReligionAnthropologyPolitical ScienceHistory, LinguisticsComparative & World LiteratureMedia and Cinema StudiesSociology, and Gender & Women's Studies.

The study of East Asia is enriched at the University of Illinois by a wealth of campus resources. These include the collections of the Asian Library, the Architecture and Art Library, and the Law Library; the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; the Asian Educational Media ServiceJapan House; the collections of the Krannert Art Museum and the Spurlock Museum; the musical and dramatic programs of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; and the film collections of the Unit for Cinema Studies and the Undergraduate Library's Media Collection.

The Department offers numerous opportunities for language study in China, Japan, and Korea. The Department administers the Year in Japan Program since 1975.  The Program has sent more than 600 students to Japan. The Year and Summer in Japan Program is an intensive Japanese language and study program. Students will live with a hostfamily, socialize with Japanese students and explore the nation’s natural and cultural wonders.  All credit hours (16 credit hours per semester or 8 credit hours per summer) are all UIUC EALC credit hours.  The Resident Director on site is faculty at EALC or American scholars from consortium universities (University of Arizona, University of Hawaii and University of Pittsburgh).

The University of Illinois is a member of the consortium governing the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama. Our students also participate in intensive-language training programs in China and Korea under University of Illinois exchanges: the US-China Exchange with Beijing University, and the Nanjing Exchange with Nanjing University; and, through the University's Study Abroad Office, at Yonsei University in Seoul.

East Asian Studies at Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has long enjoyed a national and international reputation as a center for East Asian studies. Courses on East Asia were offered at the University shortly after World War II, and during the early 1960s the University of Illinois became one of an elite group of research universities in the United States to establish a formal Center for Asian Studies, which offered instruction in the languages, literatures, and cultures of Asia and granted both graduate and undergraduate degrees.

With the growth of interest in East Asian studies during the 1970s and 1980s, the University created the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in 1991 and vested it with the authority to grant undergraduate and graduate degrees. Since then, the University of Illinois has enjoyed one of the fastest growing graduate programs in East Asian studies in the nation. By 1995, the University ranked in the top fifteen universities nationwide in numbers of Ph.D.s earned in East Asian studies.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures expects to enjoy continued growth, as the University of Illinois is strongly committed to the future of East Asian studies on its campus. That commitment is evident in the continued activities of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies and in the Asian Library collection, which, with more than 200,000 volumes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, ranks among the top East Asian collections in the country.

Equal Opportunity Policy

The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms, whether or not specifically prohibited by law. Among the forms of invidious discrimination prohibited by the University policy but not law is discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints of invidious discrimination in violation of University policy are to be resolved within existing University procedures. The policy of the University of Illinois is to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities.

Disability Services

Campus facilities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are among the most accessible in the nation for disabled persons, and applications from persons with disabilities are always welcomed. The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) coordinates services for U of I students with disabilities. For further information, contact DRES at 1207 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820, phone: (217) 333-4603 (V/TDD).