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Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Honing Language Abroad
Gilman Scholar Elizabeth Gonzales ’19 has been learning culture and language skills through immersion abroad. LEARN MORE about Gonzales's experience
One Time, One Meeting
Ichigo-Ichie 一期一会 by John Mueller ’86. How the Japan study group changed one alumnus's life. READ MORE: One tim, one meeting
Japanese Speech Contest
The Japanese Speech Contest celebrated its 13th year this April with a lineup of 13 competing speakers. READ MORE about the contest
Linguistic Lawyer
After studying Chinese at Colgate, Clarissa Shah '10 has found that her language skills have helped define her legal career. LEARN MORE about Clarissa Shah '10
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 the following majors and minors: 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: John Crespi
Administrative Assistant: Nicole Catgenova (
Office: 111 Lawrence Hall
Phone: 315-228-7546