East Asian Language Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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What you will learn in this program

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Courses you'll take:

Beginners Japanese I, Chinese Culture in an Immersion Setting, Survey of Far Eastern Art: Japan, Topics in Chinese Civilization, ​Beginners Chinese I

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.

Work experience

Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

​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

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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Language is how the world communicates and East Asian language studies (EALS) has enabled me to communicate with people across the world, to become a global citizen, and spend a semester in Beijing. Growing up in a small town, I thought I was alone in wanting to learn new languages. In EALS, I’ve found that I’m far from alone — there are many like-minded people and new friends. 

AJ S., East Asian language studies student

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We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts
Arts Students' Centre, Social Sciences Building, Room 102
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4