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The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa is the largest department of its kind in the country and offers a curriculum unparalleled in its breadth, depth, and variety of courses in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Language, Linguistics, and Literature.
At the undergraduate level, language skill courses help students develop a high level of proficiency in both the spoken and written aspects of the languages. Other courses provide both introductory survey coverage and advanced, theme-specific investigations of the literary cultures of East Asia and the linguistic analysis of Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Cultural awareness as well as language proficiency are further promoted through extra-curricular activities such as student clubs, video/film showings, lectures, and study abroad programs. Our students have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs in Hainan, China, and Kobe and Machida, Japan, and Seoul, Korea. The graduate programs are designed to provide students with advanced professional training in two tracks: 1) language/linguistics and 2) literary studies.