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Asian Languages & Literature

Asian Languages and Literatures

Department of Asian Languages and Literatures

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Asian Languages and Literatures is a dynamic and innovative department committed to the study of the languages and cultural phenomena of East, South, and Southeast Asia. The program encourages breadth of perspective and rigorous engagement with specific materials. General theoretical issues inform all areas and topics researched or taught in the department.

Language Programs

Language learning is of vital importance to successful research in the Asian world. Our teaching staff explores and implements new methodologies in second-language acquisition at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently, we offer Arabic, Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Hmong, Japanese, and Korean.
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The undergraduate and graduate programs incorporate the best of traditional models of area studies as well as challenge these by encouraging comparative approaches and perspectives. Our undergraduate major requires students to attain advanced language skills, high levels of cultural literacy, and methodological sophistication. The PhD program in Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media (ALCM) is designed to advance the fields of Asian studies and the humanities in general. See the specific areas covered in the program.


Summer Language Program Poster

Richard B. Mather, Professor Emeritus of Chinese Studies at the University of Minnesota Passes Away

Click Here to Make a Gift online to the Richard B. and Virginia Mather Fellowship in Asian Languages and Literatures

U of M receives $900,000 to support Chinese studies