About the Department
EALC is committed to excellence in teaching, research, public service and outreach. We offer small- and medium-sized classes and provide individualized advising to all students, especially to Chinese and Japanese majors and minors. In addition to a comprehensive curriculum, EALC also offers exciting opportunities for students to study abroad, do internships, and receive guidance in research for independent studies and honors theses. Moreover, we encourage students to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities that enhance their learning experience and increase their understanding of Chinese and Japanese cultures.
EALC takes pride in its outstanding faculty in Chinese and Japanese, including leading scholars with important publications in English and Asian languages. Their work is recognized not only in the United States and Europe but also in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan. They have published prize-winning books, sat on editorial boards of major journals in their fields, and received numerous prestigious grants from organizations including the Fulbright Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Rockefeller Foundation, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, Japan Foundation, and Harvard-Yenching Institute.
China is the world's second largest economy and Japan is the third largest. Both have a long, refined traditional culture and an internationally renowned popular culture. Each program attracts close to two thousand students every year from all departments to take EALC courses in language, literature, theater, film, and religion. Many choose to major--or double-major--in Chinese or Japanese.
Over the years our graduates have successfully pursued a broad range of careers, in law, business, education, international relations, among others, in the United States and Asia. The language skills and cultural literacy that they have acquired at UC Davis are essential to their success in the local and the global spheres.