Pre-Registration, Course Registration, and Major Declaration


Students should first review the college general guidelines and policies for pre-registration and registration and the downloadable department brochure for 2021-22.

Browse the Course Catalog or check out the 2021-22 department course listings: Chinese; Japanese.

If you have any questions about a course offered by the department faculty, please contact the course instructor. If you have any questions about the pre-registration, registration, or the major declaration process, please contact Professor Shinko Kagaya (Japanese) or Professor Li Yu (Chinese).


Students who have studied or otherwise developed some familiarity with Chinese or Japanese language before coming to Williams and who wish to continue their studies of these languages at the college should complete a placement evaluation before they pre-register or register for a language course.

Students who wish to complete the online Chinese placement evaluation can self-enroll in the evaluation site (Williams login required) . Students who wish to complete the Japanese placement evaluation should contact Professor Shinko Kagaya.


If you are declaring a major in the Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (DALLC), please do the following:

1. If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for the “DALLC Majors and Faculty” GLOW course so that you will be in the communication loop of the department. Go to the “Announcement” section of the course. You can find a google sheet to schedule a time to meet with a department faculty advisor.

2. During the advising meeting, your DALLC faculty advisor will work you through a questionnaire to discuss your academic plan in the department.

3. After you have met with a DALLC faculty, remember to submit this online Major Declaration Form to the Registrar’s Office.