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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

88% employed or continuing education

60% employed after graduation

25% attending graduate school

3% volunteering

$42,419 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: JET Program, Joins America, Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET Program) View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Florida State University, Harvard University View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 31 ACT score

1180 - 1450 SAT score

3.36 - 3.87 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.4 years to degree

93% freshman retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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