East Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is East Asian Languages and Cultures?

Through East Asian Languages and Cultures, you'll

  • gain a firm competence in an East Asian language,
  • become more familiar with East Asian cultures through cross-disciplinary training,
  • and receive more advanced knowledge of the region.

Our major and minor programs equip you with the knowledge and skills for careers in a variety of fields. In addition, they provide a broad liberal arts education for those interested in graduate or professional study involving East Asia. East Asian Languages and Cultures students have the ability to pursue a double major or dual degree.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Industry
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • The arts

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

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.4 years to degree

93% first-year retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770