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East Asian Languages & Cultures

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What is East Asian Languages & Cultures?

East Asian Languages and Cultures is a major that incorporates courses in many disciplines, including:

• Literature

• Languages

• Film studies

• Art history

• Religion

• Modern and pre-modern history

• Anthropology

• Linguistics

• Language pedagogy

In this major, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the civilizations of East Asia and learn an East Asian language. You will explore East Asian cultures and gather detailed knowledge about the region. Your classes will involve a heavy emphasis on research and writing in a seminar format. The major also offers a Teacher Education option that prepares graduates to teach Mandarin Chinese or Japanese.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Foreign service
  • Government
  • International development
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

86% employed or continuing education

66% employed after graduation

15% attending graduate school

5% volunteering

$40,553 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: CA Ventures, Carle Foundation Hospital, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pennsylvania State University, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 32 ACT Score

1250 - 1450 SAT Score

3.23 - 3.83 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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