STARTALK Funding Received for 2016

Miao-fen Tseng, the inaugural Director of the Institute of World Languages and Associate Professor of Chinese, has been awarded the federal STARTALK funding at the total amount of approximately $1,000,000 since 2008. The 2016 Virginia STARTALK Chinese Teacher Academy (VSCTA) in conjunction with the Virginia STARTALK Chinese Student Academy (VSCSA) marks its historical juncture to transition from blended learning to online learning. Both programs have established a national reputation for academic rigor and quality instruction in the US.


Professor Heldt's Contribution to Cambridge's History of Japanese Literature

Professor Heldt has contributed an entry on Heian poetry to the Cambridge History of Japanese Literature. Please join us in congratulating him! More information can be found here


Shea House Vacancies

For Spring 2016, there are still 6 vacancies at Shea House. For Fall 2016, there are currently 4 vacancies. We are still considering applications for all of Shea House's languages. For more information, please visit the website. If you are interested in applying to live at Shea, please contact


New Courses for Spring 2016

CHTR 4559: Sunzi and The Art of War

This seminar on The Art of War, the 5th century BCE Chinese classic attributed to Sunzi, will familiarize students with traditional interpretations of the text. The course will emphasize a close reading of several translations of the text and will also consider the influence of its historical and philosophical contexts.  Contemporary Chinese military writings will also be surveyed to investigate the relevance of the text to modern warfare.

EAST 3559: Death and Dying in East Asia


Two DEALLC EAS Majors Receive Fullbright

Please join us in congratulating Rebecca Lim and Katherine Huang, two East Asian Studies majors from our department who have received Fullbright awards. Read the full story here.


DEALLC Student Alyssa Merski to Pursue Graduate Work at Georgetown

Please join us in congratulating graduating East Asian Studies major Alyssa Merski on her acceptance into Georgetown University's M.A. in Asian Studies program! Alyssa will begin her graduate studies in the fall of 2015. 


DEALLC Student Accepted to Phi Beta Kappa

Please join us in congratulating DEALLC student Erin Patrick (Japanese Language and Literature Major) for her recent acceptance into Phi Beta Kappa!


Graduation 2015 Information Updated

We have updated our Graduation page with information about this year's ceremony. Please go here for information.


New Korean Language Corner Page!

Our website now has a new page dedicated to the Korean Language Corner. Check back as we continue to build this page!


Prof. Heldt's Translation of Kojiki Reviewed by The Japan Times

Professor Heldt's recent translation of the Kojiki was reviewed by The Japan Times, the premier English-language newspaper in Japan. Click here to read the review!