The majors of the East Asian Languages and Culture program of Haverford College undertake rigorous language training and comprehensive study of the region’s culture and society. Though our minors need not study a language, we encourage them to enroll in our Chinese and Japanese language courses which span beginner to highly advanced levels.
Curriculum & Courses
Our demanding language program embraces the full range of communication skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—in Chinese or Japanese. Majors must attain third-year-level competence in Chinese or Japanese, though we encourage and enable them to move well beyond this level.
Our cultural studies curriculum begins with entry-level EALC courses on China and Japan. Majors then go on to EALC classes that reflect their specific interests at more advanced levels. We also draw upon the Bi-College’s broader academic resources by requiring majors to pursue relevant coursework in other departments. Many fulfill this requirement with classes that illuminate East Asia from the perspectives of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and Growth and Structure of Cities.
Research & Outreach
EALC majors produce a thesis, a work of original research, on a topic that falls within an EALC faculty member’s area of expertise. By the close of junior year, each student prepares a thesis proposal. That summer, many conduct primary research while studying abroad. Students focus on writing during the fall of senior year and submit a final draft early in the spring. The Department’s senior seminar course, which combines group sessions and one-on-one meetings with faculty advisors, offers our majors critical guidance and support as they produce this capstone work.
EALC majors graduate having honed general communication and analytical skills as well those specific to comprehending and thriving in China and Japan. Prepared to enter graduate programs in East Asian Studies or related areas, they are also equipped to enter a range of careers in China and Japan and those in the U.S. that require a deep understanding of East Asian culture and its languages.
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- Introduction to Chinese Literature
- Confucianizing China
- Chinese Civilization
- Myth, Folklore, and Legend in Japan
- Japanese Civilization
- Methods and Approaches to East Asian Cultures
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Language Studies Languages View 1969 other Masters in Languages in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Common Application and Personal Statement
- Haverford Common Application Supplement and Honor Code essay
- Standardized Test Results: Either the SAT or ACT Exam
- School Report with most recent transcript (including 1st quarter grades if applying ED)
- School Profile and Counselor Report
- 2 Teacher Evaluations (English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language)
- $65 Application Fee or fee waiver
International56200 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 56200 USD per year during 48 months.
National56200 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 56200 USD per year during 48 months.
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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