University of Washington

University of Washington – Department of Asian Languages & Literature
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About the Program

Program Description

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature of the University of Washingtonoffers instruction in the principal languages and literatures of Asia, including East, Southeast, Central, and South Asia. Emphasis is placed on the roles of these languages within the cultures they serve as well as on linguistic,textual, and literary analysis. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and South Asian languages and literature, and graduate degree programs in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, and Buddhist Studies.

The programs offer work in the textual, linguistic and literary study as well as in the history and criticism of the respective literary traditions. The student will work out an individual course of study with an adviser. Although a student normallyemphasizes either linguistics or literature, both are important components for all students. Courses offered in other programs within the department, and in other departments, such as Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Linguistics, or one of the other language and literature departments, may constitute valuable additions to the program where they support and enrich a special emphasis.


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Editor notes

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature offers an undergraduate major and minor in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages and literatures, andgraduate programs for the M.A. and Ph.D. There are no specific courses on translation, but as the knowledge of language and literature are a must in translation, these are good courses for those willing to become translators.


Contact Information

University of Washington

Department of Asian Languages and Literature Box

353521, 225 Gowen Hall, Seattle, WA

Phone: 98195-3521

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