Korean Major Starting in Fall 2019!

We are delighted to share with you that the Korean major has been officially approved by the University. With the addition of four new courses (Advanced Conversation and Composition I and II, Introduction to the History of the Korean Language, and North Korean Society and Culture) all approved, we will be offering the major from Fall of 2019. The details will be announced shortly on this website.
 
On this happy occasion, we would like to share our deepest gratitude to the Korea Foundation, whose continued support throughout the years has enabled the growth of both the Korean studies and Korean faculty, ultimately allowing us to begin this new major. We are also most grateful to Professor Emeritus Young-Key Kim-Renaud, who has been devoted to the efforts of establishing a strong Korean program in our Department.

Each and every one of the Korean faculty members in the department feels that the Korean major came in such a timely manner with today’s increasing demand and rapid growth of Korean studies nation-wide, and we anticipate that it will contribute to our department and to our university as a whole. We are happy and thankful to know that we have your continuous support to embark on this new chapter of the Korean program. 

 

Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Welcome to the GW Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL). EALL focuses on the teaching and research of the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages and cultures. We offer majors in Chinese and Japanese Language and Literature, minors in in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Language and Literature and the MA program in Chinese Language and Culture. Double majors and minors are possible with other GW schools and departments.

Our Students

nitya and clark

Nithya Prakesh (left) was invited to visit Ueda, Nagano Prefecture in Japan as part of a short-term internship. The internship was organized by G-WILL International, a non-governmental organization founded by Miwa Omori, a GW graduate. Nithya visited colleges and high schools, and areas of interest. She had the opportunity to meet with local government officials and foreign affairs minded NGO members. She says that the experience definitely made her want to go back to Japan and try living/working there. Here is the link to her photos.

Clark Lambo (right) studied in the intensive ACC language program in Beijing. During that time, he realized he wanted to return to China to further his work and educational experiences. Before attending university in Beijing, he found an internship with a Chinese FinTech company. He worked in the marketing department, where his responsibilities included: translation, writing reports on foreign views and developments about blockchain technology, writing short WeChat articles for potential customers, filming short ‘douyin’ (抖音) videos to bolster social media presence, and connecting the Chinese and U.S. market places through contact with foreign media outlets. Clark credits GW’s Chinese professors for teaching him not only solid language skills but also the importance of keeping an open mind and respecting a culture which one may not fully understand yet. 

Kim-Renaud East Asian Humanities Lecture Series

Students Earn Top Honors in Chinese Speech Contest

Jiangsu Cup winnersTwo students in the Chinese program, Andrew Allard (安竹) and Heidi Schwenk (杨冰玉), gave excellent performances in the Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest held on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Andrew Allard won a gold award and Heidi Schwenk won a bronze award! Read more here.