The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, founded in 1982, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chinese and Japanese, two certificate programs, and six language 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 their selected area. In Chinese or Japanese, students can broaden their academic horizon through a double major, combining either language with another field of interest. Likewise, students in programs outside the department can pursue one of our certificates as a way of broadening their career options. Recent graduates have found positions in such fields as government service, international business and secondary-school teaching; others have gone on to graduate study in Chinese or Japanese.