Who we are
The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) is the largest department of its kind in the country and offers a curriculum unparalleled in its breadth and depth in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language, linguistics, and literature/culture.
Our programs and students
Through our BA degree programs, our undergraduates take innovative language courses that provide training in the four essential language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. They also explore East Asian literatures/cultures and linguistics. In addition to the BA majors, we also offer minors and certificates in the three languages. Our BA graduates go on to work for a range of local, national and international companies, and both local and federal government agencies.
Our graduate degree programs offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean linguistics and literatures/cultures. Our MA programs provide broad graduate-level study of these fields, while our PhD programs offer advanced training for those who are interested in pursuing academic careers in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean literature/culture or linguistics.
M.A. graduates of our programs have obtained positions as instructors in private schools, colleges and universities all over the world; as translators; and in various capacities in private firms and government service. Our Ph.D. graduates hold faculty positions at universities in the U.S. and other countries, especially in China, Japan and Korea.
EALL also houses the Chinese and Korean Flagship programs. The Chinese Language Flagship Program offers a B.A. in Chinese. The Korean Language Flagship Center offers two degree programs, a B.A. and an M.A. in Korean for Professionals, and two non-degree programs, the Certificate in Korean for Professionals and Pre-College Honors. Flagship students develop professional, academic, and formal language skills while expanding their knowledge of Chinese and Korean culture.
How to apply
Undergraduate programs: Prospective students apply through the University of HawaiʻI at Mānoaʻs admissions page . Current students who wish to declare or add a Chinese, Japanese or Korean major should contact our undergraduate advisor, Todd Ashida.
Graduate programs: Applications are made through the Graduate Division. Graduate applicants must have a strong background in the language of study, at least equivalent to having completed a 4-year B.A. in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.
Graduate programs: We offer various forms of financial support to qualified graduate students, including Graduate Assistantships, Achievement Scholarships, and Non-Resident Tuition Waivers.
The University of HawaiʻI is a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Students from certain Western states may be eligible to attend UHM on resident tuition.
General inquiries about the degree programs in EALL: Mee-Jeong Park (Chair)
BA programs: Todd Ashida (Undergraduate Advisor)
MA and PhD programs: Shin Fukuda (Graduate Chair), Cherry Rojo Lacsina (Graduate Advisor), Han-Byul Chung (Korean Flagship MA Advisor)
Chinese Language Flagship Program: Orion Young (Program Coordinator) (808): firstname.lastname@example.org, (808)956-8844
BA Korean Language Flagship Center: Lydia Chung (BA Program Coordinator): email@example.com