The study of Asian languages and literature provides a broad understanding of civilizations that extend back thousands of years. It gives students the opportunity to develop advanced skills in an Asian language while they study the history, art, literature, politics, geography, religion, and anthropology of Asia.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
You'll also have the opportunity to participate in multicultural student groups or community organizations related to your major. These include the Asian American Coalition, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Indian Student Alliance, Japanese Students and Scholars Club, Korean UIowa Students Association, Thai Student Association, Taiwanese Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, and Amnesty International.
Group activities organized by these groups, including holiday celebrations, international movie screenings, field trips, and other cultural events, help international students make the transition to Iowa and promote language learning.
Iowa has an extensive Study Abroad program, and the department strongly encourages study abroad in Asia. Agreements with several universities and institutes in China, India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan offer you a wide choice of programs to consider.
Well-established Chinese language study abroad programs are offered by the Iowa Tianjin Summer Study Abroad Program and the East China Normal University Exchange Program. We have summer and semester-based exchange programs at Ewha Woman's University, Kyung Hee University, University of Seoul, and Korea University.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
The BA degree in Asian Languages and Literature is designed for students who want to achieve proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Chinese or Japanese, or in reading Sanskrit. You will study one language for three to four years as you learn about the culture and history of China, Japan, or South Asia.
See Asian Languages and Literature in the UI General Catalog to learn more about earning a major or minor in this area, course requirements, and graduating with honors.
Students interested in teaching Chinese or Japanese at the secondary school level will need to complete the College of Education's Teacher Education Program.