Explore cultures, texts and languages that have existed for more than three thousand years, while simultaneously evaluating the current social, political and economic climate.

Foster skills that go beyond the ability to simply speak or read another language. Develop an awareness that prepares you to adapt and communicate in an ever-evolving world. Whether you choose a major in Chinese Language and Literature or minors in Chinese language or Japanese language, immerse yourself in the policy, sustainability, art and history of a cultural region within a global context.

In addition to a broad range of language courses, you can also learn about the diverse history and cultures of China and Japan.

View the requirements for a major in Chinese language and literature or a minor in Chinese or Japanese language.

Learn more about the expertise of Chinese and Japanese faculty members.

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Go Global


You can go deeper and explore China or Japan yourself through several study abroad options. Visit Asia with one of Lawrence's affiliated programs.

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Full Immersion


Take part in immersive weekend language retreats at Björklunden, Lawrence’s beautiful estate on the shores of Lake Michigan.

The Chandler Senior Experience

As a senior, you'll spend an one-term independent study that culminates in the completion of a substantial paper or project derived from previous coursework in your areas of interest. If you are sufficiently advanced in your Chinese language skills, you are encouraged to use some Chinese language sources in carrying out your research.

Recent Senior Experiences include:

  • An Analysis of Chinese Practices of Financial Management
  • Lives of Sustenance Farmers, Migrant Workers and Individuals of Minority Ethnic Groups in Southwest China
  • Creative Writing in Chinese: Nirvana High
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Hands-on History


Interact with important artifacts as you explore Lawrence’s broad and deep collection of Japanese woodblock prints.

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Chinese & Japanese Outcomes

Linguistic and cultural proficiency prepares you for a global career or graduate study.

On Any Given Day...

...discover an array of opportunities that await you at Lawrence University.

Academics

Unbagging First-Year Studies

Martyn Smith, director of First-Year Studies, unbags the 10 works being used in First-Year Studies during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Course

Examine important questions about the lives of women in the last thousand years of Chinese history. Through an exploration of primary sources in translation, classic works of fiction, film, memoirs, and oral histories, address theoretical questions fundamental to both women’s studies and Chinese history.

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