Welcome Message from the Director of Undergraduate Studies

As the current Director of Undergraduate Studies, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our undergraduate program website.

The Department of Asian Languages & Cultures offers majors in the languages and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea, as well as a general major in Asian Humanities and a major in Asian Religions. It is home to more than forty faculty and lecturers who teach an exciting variety of classes on the languages, literatures, religions, histories, and linguistics of China, Japan, and Korea, as well as South and Southeast Asia.

Our students come from many different countries and diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, and upon graduation go on to pursue a wide variety of occupations not only in the United States but also all over the world. We’re very proud of our students and like to keep in touch with them.

Curious about our programs and classes? Please click on the links to the right and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Oona Paredes

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Advising

Office Location:

290 Royce Hall

Drop-In Hours:

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures is offering drop-in advising to current undergraduate students for 1:1 academic advising – no appointment is needed. Students may visit during drop-in advising for major/minor requirement degree checks or to add an ALC major/minor. Drop-in advising is also available for more information on study abroad transfer credit, course petitions, placement exams, or for quick questions.

Spring 2023 (excluding university holidays)

Monday: 10:00am-11:30 am PT – virtual drop-in hours, zoom link 

Tuesday: 9:00am-11:00 am – in-person drop-in hours – must come to 290 Royce Hall

Thursday: 2:00pm-3:30 pm PT – virtual drop-in hours, zoom link

To schedule an appointment, contact:

Friday: by appointment only – please email estherlee@humnet.ucla.edu to schedule an appointment

Include the following information:

  1. First and Last Name
  2. UID
  3. Major and minor
  4. Question; (Ex: double major petition, time to degree petition, please be specific with your question)