Undergraduate Program

Success in the 21st century will depend on many factors in addition to one’s choice of a profession. A decision to major in East Asian Languages and Cultures can be one of the keys to that success, helping you to move knowledgeably in a global environment that is increasingly shaped by the cultures and economies of China, Korea, and Japan.  What will you gain by successfully majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures? You will acquire a set of skills that can serve you in a variety of professional and academic careers spanning the worlds of business, entertainment, public service, and the professions of medicine, law, and teaching, among others. These skills include competency in one of three languages (Chinese, Korean, and Japanese) and critical tools to help you interpret and analyze literature, film, and other forms of culture and media in both contemporary and traditional East Asian societies. The major provides you with a foundation of practical knowledge and cultural literacy that can be an asset in a variety of careers and settings where knowledge of China, Korea, or Japan is essential. To find out more about our majors and minors, follow the links to the right.

  • For questions or more information, please contact Geneil Johnson, gmjohnso@usc.edu or (213) 740-2534.

  • Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • University of Southern California
  • Taper Hall 356
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0357

  • All photos taken by Elissa L., Yulee Kim and Ka Wong