Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) is dedicated to teaching about all aspects of Asia — films, history, folklore, literatures, linguistics, religions (Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, etc.), philosophy — from antiquity to today. While most of our courses are offered in English, we also teach a wide variety of important languages, such as Chinese, Filipino, Hindi-Urdu, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Sanskrit, Thai, Vietnamese and others. We aim to nurture the leaders of tomorrow by helping them develop critical thinking and writing skills through in-depth study of Asian cultures within historical, linguistic, and comparative contexts. Knowledge of Asian cultures and languages prepares students for success in the 21st Century, especially if they pursue careers in business, government, international relations, journalism, law, media, medicine, publishing, science, teaching, and writing. ALC is one of the leading departments of its kind. Here you will find professors who lead the nation in innovative research and new approaches to teaching. You will find language instructors who inspire mastery of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. You will find a dedicated staff to help students navigate the many resources we offer.