Welcome to the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

We offer Majors and Minors in Japanese Language and Culture, Chinese Language and Culture, and Asian Studies

Why study Chinese?

*Communication: Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world.
*Culture: China has the longest continuous recorded history in the world.  Literature, ceramics, and architecture are part of this rich history.
*Politics: The last hundred years of Chinese politics have influenced Eastern and Western philosophy and international relations.  Understaning hinese thought is becoming essential in the twenty-first century.
*International Business: China’s economy is the second largest in the world (after the U.S.) and is constantly growing.  There are abaundant buisness and finance opportunities for Chinese speakers

How about studying Japanese at Macalester?

Studying Japanese provides an opportunity to study one of the world’s most intriguing languages, to appreciate a rich and diverse culture, and to critically engage with a modern and dynamic society.  You will gain proficiency in Japanese and a comprehensive understanding of contemporary Japanese culture and its place in Asia and the world.  You’ll have opportunities for further graduate studies or exciting careers in a variety of fields.

Is Asian Studies for you?

The major is an inter-disciplinary program that weaves together the social sciences, humanities and fine arts to introduce this dynamic region of the world.  It brings perspectives of cultural, political, economic and historical forces that have shaped Asia.  Asia gave the world everything from yoga to gunpowder, from cinnamon to the printing press, from the idea of diplomatic immunity to the practice of religious tolerance.