The Department of Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) is dedicated to the study of the civilizations of the Asian region, in all their diversity. The rich cultural heritages of the region are covered in courses ranging from language, to literature, religion, thought, archaeology, and other aspects of culture. The department seeks to develop a profound appreciation of the unique insights and achievements of each indigenous culture, while understanding at the same time the multivalent interconnections that tie together the Asian region as a whole.
At the undergraduate level, the department’s goal is to engender in our students an appreciation of the riches of traditional and modern Asian culture. At the graduate level, we strive to matriculate students who will be ready to take their places among the top young scholars of their generation. For our faculty, we aspire to foster a climate in which dynamic research and writing projects can be conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect and inspiration. Our program also works to complement and support the disciplinary study of Asia in a number of different departments of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and professional schools, from Anthropology to Law.
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