The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures offers courses in the language, literature, film, linguistics, and culture of China, Japan, and Korea. An undergraduate major is available in either Chinese or Japanese. There is a multiyear sequence of courses in the modern standard languages of China, Japan, and Korea, plus a wide variety of offerings (ranging from introductory to specialized) designed to illuminate various facets of these Asian civilizations. Students whose interests range broadly across the civilization of East Asia may alternatively develop an interdisciplinary studies major or take advantage of the Asian Studies Certificate program. The departmental curriculum is composed of three main categories:
- courses designed to develop competence in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) of the Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language, plus courses for advanced study in Chinese and Japanese;
- courses taught in English and focused on the mainstream of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean culture as reflected in literature, drama, and film; and
- courses for the advanced study of literature and linguistic analysis.
For more information on the Chinese and Japanese majors, courses in Korean language, or on the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, visit the Web site www.deall.pitt.edu/.