Welcome to Asian Languages and Civilizations
The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations was established at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1982 as the Department of Oriental Languages and Literatures. Steadily expanding its offerings in Chinese and Japanese, the unit became the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in 1994 and, with the addition of new Asian language programs during the first decade of the twenty-first century, adopted the current designation of Asian Languages and Civilizations (ALC) in 2008.
The Department offers Bachelor’s degrees in Chinese and Japanese and beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in Arabic, Farsi, Hindi/Urdu, and Korean. At the graduate level, the Department has Master’s degree programs in Chinese and Japanese as well as joint BA/MA programs in Chinese and Japanese. Graduate offerings also include Dual MA Programs in either Chinese or Japanese and History or Religious Studies. A PhD program in Chinese and Japanese is now accepting applications.
In all programs students receive a thorough grounding in the modern language, an introduction to the classical language and literature, and a broad familiarity with the literary and cultural history of the selected areas.
- ALC Courses
- News & Events
Register Today for ALC Summer Language Courses!
ALC is offering Intermediate Language Courses in Japanese; this is a great way to advance your studies over the Summer! Course Schedules can be found here. Non-degree students are welcome to enroll in these courses thru Continuing Education's ACCESS Program.
Recent ALC Graduate
Passes Highest Level of
Proficiency Test (JLPT)
CU Boulder Alumna passes the N1 Level of JLPT conducted in December 2014.
JLPT is the largest standard test that measures and certifies the Japanese-language proficiency of non-native Japanese speakers. Read more about this achievement here.
Three ALC Students Win
To Study Abroad This Summer
Three of ALC's students have been selected by the The Critical Language Scholarship Program to study in China and India this summer. This is an extremely competitive national scholarship; read more about this here.
Prof. Matthias L. Richter,
whose recent book
The Embodied Text: Establishing Textual identity in Early Chinese Manuscripts
has received honorable mention for the 2015 Levenson Book Prize from the
Association for Asian Studies.
Details of this honor can be found here.
Dr. Michiko Kaneyasu,
recipient of the Association For Asian Studies' Hamako Ito Chaplin Memorial Award for Excellence in Japanese Language Teaching for 2014
Dr. Laurel Rodd,
awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation for 2014 in recognition for her outstanding contributions to the promotion of mutual understanding and goodwill between the people of Japan and the United States.
More about this well-deserved recognition can be found here.