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 has four sub-components: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese. We offer both majors and minors in Chinese and Japanese Language and Literature studies, and also a minor in Korean Language and Literature studies. Double majors and minors are possible with other GW schools and departments.

EALL prepares students for significant careers in East-Asian affairs and related fields by helping them develop leadership qualities through rigorous academic and practical training. The department also organizes special events for students, faculty members, and friends of GW, including 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. Maryland and Northern Virginia have a large and growing population of people of East Asian ancestry, including a very significant number of ethnic Koreans, Chinese and Vietnamese. The rapid growth of these Asian ethnic populations is increasingly reflected in GW's enrollment figures. 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, societies, and peoples. 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 societies and cultures as well as their current affairs.

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.