University of Southern California

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

East Asian Languages and Cultures


University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90007

United States


(213) 740-2311

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D.- East Asian Languages and Cultures, M.A.- East Asian Languages and Cultures

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) offers students a well rounded interdisciplinary education on East Asia not only by focusing on the study of languages, linguistics, literature, thought and civilizations of China, Japan and Korea but also by encouraging cross-registration with other departments to enhance theoretical and methodological skills. Our students have combined theories from Cultural Studies, Film, Criticism, Psychoanalysis, Education and others to broaden more traditional theoretical methods which often provide a different perspective on and reading of the texts in their field. This approach, which allows students a certain amount of flexibility, enhances their research skills and forms them to become well rounded scholars. To this end, we allow Ph.D. students, if they wish to do so, to choose to take one of their three Ph.D. Qualifying exams, in a related field, from another department. We have had students test in everything from Japanese Religious Thought and Theory, to Critical Theory and Cinema, to Modern Chinese History.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Financial Aid is available Federal Student Loans. Applicants may apply by completing the FAFSA and applying code 001328. Several scholarships also available.

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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