Why choose East Asian Language Studies?
East Asian Language Studies scholars ask questions such as: Can the Chinese writing system of Hanzi/Kanji become the universal written language? Now that Japan and China are both superpowers, how are the two countries influencing one another in terms of culture? How do East Asian language learners achieve the desired proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing?
East Asian Language Studies will provide you with solid training in all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in the two main East Asian languages, namely Chinese and Japanese. In addition to gaining profound knowledge of East Asian cultures, you will also choose to pursue advanced proficiency in one of the languages, and intermediate proficiency in the other.
As an East Asian Language Studies graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in East Asian Language Studies can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.
Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.
Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.
Courses in this program
Beginners Japanese I, Chinese Culture in an Immersion Setting, Survey of Far Eastern Art: Japan, Topics in Chinese Civilization, Beginners Chinese I
The East Asian language studies (EALS) program calendar is full with activities such as Chinese-student conversation-club and skill competitions, Japanese popular culture lectures (games, movies, cultural performances) as well as speech contests. EALS graduates shine for their Chinese and Japanese language competence; many have been recruited by provincial and federal governments, as well as private companies. It brings me much happiness to see my students successful in advancing their studies and careers after graduation.
– Shu-ning Sciban, PhD – Professor
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