Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Welcome to the GW Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL). Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, EALL focuses on the teaching and research of the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese languages and cultures. We offer both majors and minors in Chinese and Japanese Language and Literature, and also a minor in Korean Language and Literature. Double majors and minors are possible with other GW schools and departments. We are also launching a new MA program in Chinese Language and Culture in Fall 2016.

(Pictured above are the faculty members of EALL in August 2015)

EALL prepares students for significant careers in East Asian affairs and related fields by helping them develop leadership qualities through rigorous academic and professional training. The department also organizes academic events such as the oldest and continuous annual Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium, to promote interdisciplinary and international dialog. Careers in East Asia related fields offer very diverse opportunities in a world in which East Asia plays an increasingly important role. The students in our program go into government, diplomacy, business, academia, intelligence, medicine, and the legal profession.

The DC Metropolitan area is one of the most culturally diverse in the nation and one of the world's most cosmopolitan urban areas. In the heart of the United States' capital, GW has become one of the major North American centers for the study of East Asian cultures. GW, like few other educational institutions of higher learning in the United States, is strategically situated geographically and demographically to further the research and teaching of East Asian languages, cultures and current affairs.

Chinese Major selected for the prestigious inaugural Scharzman Scholars Fellowship

Marguerite Wedeman, a Chinese major graduating in Spring 2016, has been selected as one of the 111 students among more than 3000 applicants worldwide for the presitigious inaugural Scharzman Scholars Fellowship. Read more here.

Japanese institute cultural activity

Japanese summer institute to be offered in May - July, 2016

This 8-credit program integrates Japanese language coursework with cultural activities. The program includes group activities, cultural events, and meals, all at a discounted tuition rate. For 8 weeks, students are immersed and inspired through a Japanese linguistic and cultural learning experience. See details here...

Japanese students earn top honors in a speech contest

Congratulations to Dunkin Adams (fourth from right), who won the Silver Award, Ke Dong (third from right), who won the Bronze Award, and Chieko Quigley (fifth from right), who received the Judge’s Special Recognition! Read more...

Our students win silver awards in the Jiangsu Cup Speech Contest

Three students in the Chinese program, Tzara Geraghty, Andrew Castillo, and Luis Rodriguez De Cespedes, won silver awards in the Jiangsu Cup Speech Contest held on Sunday, November 1, 2015. Read more...

Professor Kim-Renaud

Professor Emerita Young-Key Kim-Renaud's gift to EALL

Professor Emerita Young-Key Kim-Renaud leaves a legacy of supporting excellence in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Read more

MA Program in Chinese Language and Culture starting Fall 2016

The MA Program in Chinese Language and Culture prepares graduate students with broader knowledge and deeper understanding of the Chinese language, literature, and culture. For more information, contact Prof. Phyllis Zhang (, Director of the MA Program. You may start your applications here