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East Asian Languages & Literatures, Bachelor

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University rank #601 (QS) Northampton, MA, United States
The East Asian Languages & Literatures program at the Smith College emphasizes the fact that China, Japan and Korea have vast histories spanning thousands of years. In the 21st century these countries have emerged as major players in our global economy. 
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With the East Asian Languages & Literatures program at the Smith College, you will get the exciting opportunity to grasp the culture and impact of one of our world's largest populations. Whether you major or minor in Chinese or Japanese, minor in Korean or take classes to complement another major, you have the chance to study abroad, participate in events, engage in research projects that expand your cultural knowledge, and, most importantly, broaden your view to better understand and explore this rapidly changing region that is influencing the world in new and important ways.


To develop linguistic and cultural fluency, students will:

  • Be able to use Chinese, Japanese or Korean to navigate a variety of social and professional situations appropriately and confidently.
  • Grasp of both language and culture will allow them to have nuanced discussions about social and cultural issues, as well as professional and academic topics that are of interest to them, in Chinese, Japanese or Korean.
  • Learn to analyze and interpret texts in an informed and critical way, both orally and in writing.
  • Be able to conduct research on topics of their choice utilizing primary and secondary sources.
  • Have an understanding of East Asian literature and culture—modern and premodern—that will lead them to develop historical and comparative perspectives on the world that go beyond simple East-West binaries.
  • Engage with the international community at Smith and abroad, learning to communicate respect and understanding across cultures, preparing for—and beginning—lives of ongoing influence in today’s global world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Chinese (Mandarin)
    • Partially taught in Japanese
    • Partially taught in Korean
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Chinese Travel Writing 
  • Class, Gender and Material Culture in Late Imperial China 
  • Modern Japanese Literature 
  • Korean Cinema: Cinema and the Masses
  • Food for Thought: Chinese Language, Culture, Environment and Health
  • Writing and Power in China
  • Modern Korean Literature in Translation

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Smith Writing Supplement
  • Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
  • Midyear Report
  • Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55830 USD/year
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  • National

    55830 USD/year
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Living costs for Northampton

  • 1156 - 2400 USD/month
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