Left: Berkeley circa 1900
About EALC- Our Mission and History
East Asian Languages and Cultures is the core department for East Asian Humanities on campus, and home to the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, and Tibetan language programs. As the campus center for teaching and research in the literatures and cultures of East Asia, our mission is to train students to understand the texts (written, as well as visual, aural, and material) at the core of its literary, religious, and philosophical traditions. Our curriculum centers on the acquisition of the modern and classical forms of the languages, the informed and engaged reading of a wide variety of East Asian texts in their historical and cultural contexts, and the development of effective writing skills and critical thinking.
We offer undergraduate majors in Chinese, in Japanese, and in East Asian Religion, Thought, and Culture, as well as minors in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. We serve the campus as a whole through our comprehensive array of language courses at all levels of instruction, as well as a rich array of courses introducing students to all aspects of East Asian literature and culture.