The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford is dedicated to the languages, literatures, linguistics and cultures of East Asia. The Department prepares students for B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese and Japanese, and has a thriving program in Korean language. It also offers an undergraduate and a Ph.D. minor in Chinese or Japanese language and literature. ›› Find out more about us


Most courses in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures are taught by tenure-line faculty, and are small in size, so that students receive individual attention. The department’s courses have the subject codes CHINGEN, CHINLIT, JAPANGEN, and JAPANLIT. General courses are open to all undergraduates and graduate students, are taught in English, and do not require knowledge of an East Asian language. ›› More


The B.A. in Asian languages is a degree for the "new humanist" who wants her or his education to be broad enough to understand a non-Western language and culture. Students have found that the language skills acquired can be advantageous to their professional careers and have combined studies in Asian Languages with offerings in other Stanford departments. ›› More
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Events and Resources

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures hosts and sponsors various workshops, seminars, lectures, and cultural events throughout the academic year to engage research, teaching, and general interests in East Asia among the Stanford community. Ongoing events include monthly-held East Asian Studies Workshop Series and the East Asian Linguistics Workshop Series. ›› More