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East Asian Languages & Cultures

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What is East Asian Languages & Cultures?

East Asian Languages and Cultures is an interdisciplinary major that incorporates courses in literature, languages, film studies, art history, religion, modern and pre-modern history, anthropology, linguistics, and language pedagogy. In this major, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the civilizations of East Asia and a firm competence in an East Asian language, delve into East Asian cultures through multiple disciplines, and gather specific, detailed knowledge about the region through 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: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $31,012

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $28,606
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $47,922

International

  • Tuition: $30,980
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $50,296
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