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Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

The Linguistic Lawyer
After studying Chinese at Colgate Alumna Clarissa Shah '10 has found that her language skills have helped define her legal career. LEARN MORE
Japanese Speech Contest
The Japanese Speech Contest celebrated its 13th year this April with a lineup of 13 competing speakers. READ MORE
EALL Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research. Meet our EALL faculty.
We’re passionate about the languages, literatures, and cultures of China and Japan. Join us in our exploration and discover more about the Eastern world.

About East Asian Languages and Literatures

The department offers majors and minors in both Chinese and Japanese.

When learning Chinese or Japanese, you will also learn a great deal about the people and the culture the language represents. Through four-years of classroom language training and study-abroad experiences, you will acquire the proficiency you need to pursue graduate study or a variety of careers related to East Asia.

We also teach cultural courses in English, including courses on literature and film, the Japanese Village, the Chinese City, and Chinese Popular Culture. Qualified students may arrange independent study beyond the courses offered.

Success After Colgate

Alumni who majored in the department are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors:

Off-Campus Study Opportunities

Learn more about the incredible opportunities Colgate offers for students to learn by immersion via off-campus study in locations such as China and Japan.

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Department Contacts

Chair: Yukari Hirata
Administrative Assistant: Nicole Catgenova (
Office: 219A Lawrence Hall
Phone: 315-228-7546
Fax: 315-228-7176