The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures offers courses in the language, literature, film, linguistics, and culture of China and Japan; the department offers both a major and a minor in Japanese. A full sequence of courses in the modern standard language of Japan and a variety of offerings, ranging from introductory to specialized, illuminate various facets of Japanese civilization. Students whose interests range broadly across the civilization of East Asia may want to take advantage of the Asian Studies certificate program. The departmental curriculum for the Japanese major is composed of three main categories as follows.
- Courses designed to develop competence in the four skills of the Japanese language, plus courses for advanced study.
- Courses taught in English and focused on the mainstream of Japanese culture as reflected in literature, drama, and film.
- Courses for the advanced study of literature and linguistic analysis.