Meet our Asian Languages and Cultures Majors and Alumni


Majoring in Asian Languages and Cultures prepares you for the future!

In a large research university like Rutgers, students in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures enjoy the best of both worlds: personal attention in small classes with a liberal arts college atmosphere, coupled with high-level training from our world-class research faculty. We attract a diverse group of students, some studying Chinese, Japanese, or Korean for the first time, others eager to explore their Asian heritage, still others learning to read and write a language they speak at home. No matter what path brings them to the department, most students achieve their goals of mastering an East Asian language and being able to understand, discuss, and write analytically about novels, poetry, film, and pressing issues of international significance.

Our undergraduate program prepares students for a bright future in our globalizing world by providing them with linguistic and cultural fluency in a tradition other than English, and solid training in the humanities through a focus on textual and film analysis, critical thinking and writing, and intercultural interpretation. We offer a B.A. in Asian Studies, B.A. in Chinese, B.A. in Japanese, and B.A. in Korean. A degree in any of our four majors opens the door to many professional graduate schools, including schools of international affairs or diplomacy, as well as careers in education, international business, non-profits and NGOs, journalism, and cutting-edge fields like robotics, machine translation, and artificial intelligence in which East Asia is taking the lead globally.

Nicole Oliver

"When I moved back to America after living in Japan for two years, I realized I wanted to continue studying Japanese, Korean, and Chinese,” Nicole Oliver says. "I am so grateful to have found the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers."

Nicole Oliver

Explore Asia

Study East Asia's history, politics, and culture
Learn a fascinating new writing system
Absorb the popular culture, cinema, and literature
Study abroad in world cities like Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures is part of the School of Arts and Sciences

As a major in Asian Studies, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean in the School of Arts and Sciences, you’ll have access to a world-class liberal arts education that spans 47 programs for undergraduates. You will acquire both the specialized knowledge of the field you choose to study in depth, and broad knowledge of the world from the renowned scholar-teachers at Rutgers. You’ll graduate ready to meet contemporary challenges in your workplace, in your hometown, and in the global community.

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