East Asian Languages and Cultures

The Bi-College Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is housed at both Bryn Mawr and Haverford. Our mission is to foster learning about East Asia through rigorous language study and through deep and exploratory engagement with prominent themes and sources from East Asian countries.

Our curriculum seeks to decenter traditional ideas about East Asia, whether seen from the West or from within, that inform many popular as well as many academic stereotypes. 

The major seeks to train students in language, guide them through a curriculum that situates East Asian culture within global discourses, and nurture their skills in critical thinking, research, and writing. The two language programs, Chinese and Japanese, are central and foremost in this effort. 

Many students choose to study abroad in China or Japan during the school year or during the summer to enrich their knowledge and experience; alumni have pursued a wide variety of fields after graduation, both in East Asia and in the United States. 

To learn more about East Asian Languages and Cultures, visit the department page on Inside Bryn Mawr. 

Degree Options

East Asian Languages and Cultures major, A.B.

East Asian Languages and Cultures minor

Chinese minor

Japanese minor

Special Programs

China Studies Master’s Program

Full scholarships are available to Tri-Co students to obtain an M.A. in China Studies at the prestigious Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China