Undergraduates

Director of Undergraduate Programs:
Theodore Hughes
th2150@columbia.edu

The Department offers a major for both Columbia College and General Studies students, as well as a minor for SEAS students. The department also offers several courses for non-majors that serve as an introduction to East Asian history and literature.

Columbia College: Major in East Asian Studies

School of General Studies: Major in East Asian Studies

SEAS and Barnard students interested in East Asian courses should receive advising from their respective school advisors.

Please note, these requirements are effective as of September, 2014.  For students who have matriculated prior to this date, please follow the requirements in place during your first semester of enrollment which can be found HERE.  For questions, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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EAST ASIAN STUDIES MAJOR  

Prerequisite
Students must meet the following prerequisite prior to declaring the EALAC major: Two years of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Tibetan, or the proficiency equivalent (to be demonstrated by placement examination).

Language requirement
Third-year Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Tibetan (completion of the W4005-W4006 level in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean; TIBT G4611-G4612 level in Tibetan), or the proficiency equivalent (to be demonstrated by placement examination).

Students who test out of three years or more of a language must take an additional year of that language or another East Asian language at Columbia in order to satisfy the language requirement.

Introductory courses
AHUM V3400 (4 points) and any two of the following four 4-point survey courses: ASCE V2359, ASCE V2361, ASCE V2363, ASCE V2365.

First-year students and sophomores, prior to declaring an East Asian studies major, are strongly urged to take one or more of the introductory courses.

Disciplinary specialty
On entering the major, each student must choose an academic discipline from among the following: history, literature, anthropology, art history, eco­nomics, philosophy, political science, religion, or sociology. Depending on the chosen discipline, each student must complete a specific number of disciplinary courses. Normally, one of these courses is a basic introductory or methodology course, and the others are more specialized East Asia–related courses in the chosen discipline. Courses in closely related disciplines may be substituted with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies. Course requirements by disciplinary specialty are as follows:

History. Students must take HSEA W4890 in the spring term of the junior year, and two other courses on East Asia-related historical topics.

Literature. Students must take CLEA W4101 in the spring term of the junior year, and two other courses on East Asia–related literary topics

Art History, Philosophy, Religion. Students take an introductory theory or method course from the corresponding department, and two courses on East Asia–related topics in the chosen discipline.

Anthropology, Sociology. Students must take EAAS W4102 in the spring term of the junior year, and two other courses on East Asia–related topics in the chosen discipline.
Political Science, Economics. Students must take EAAS W4102 in the spring term of the junior year, and three other courses on East Asia–related topics in the chosen discipline.

Elective courses
For students specializing in history, literature, anthropology, art history, philosophy, religion, or sociology, two courses. For students specializing in economics or political science, one course. Courses are to be chosen in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. East Asia–related courses offered in other departments may be counted toward the elective requirement. Courses in a second East Asian language (one year minimum) or a classical East Asian language (one semester minimum) may be used to fulfill one of the two elective requirements, but placement examinations may not be used to do so.

Senior Thesis Program
East Asian Studies majors who wish to write a senior thesis must have at least a 3.6 GPA in East Asian Studies courses at the end of the junior year.  Qualified students who wish to write a Senior Thesis must contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies by May 30 of the year in which they will enter the Senior Thesis Program. All potential thesis writers are required to enroll in the Senior Thesis Research Workshop (EAAS V3999) in the fall of the senior year. Students who perform satisfactorily in this workshop, successfully complete a thesis proposal, and find a faculty advisor will then write the Senior Thesis itself in the spring semester under the direction of the advisor and a graduate student tutor (EAAS W3901). Successful completion of the thesis by the early April deadline will be necessary but not sufficient for a student to receive Departmental Honors. (Because honors can be awarded to a maximum of 10% of the majors, not all thesis writers will receive honors.)

 

EAST ASIAN STUDIES CONCENTRATION

Prerequisite  
Students must meet the following prerequisite prior to declaring the EALAC concentration: Two years of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Tibetan, or the proficiency equivalent (to be demonstrated by placement examination).

Language Requirement 
Third-year Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Tibetan (completion of the W4005-W4006 level in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean; TIBT G4611-G4612 level in Tibetan), or the proficiency equivalent (to be demonstrated by placement examination).

Students who test out of three years or more of a language must take an additional year of that language or another East Asian language at Columbia in order to satisfy the language requirement.

Introductory Courses
AHUM V3400 (4 points) and one of the following four 4-point survey courses: ASCE V2359, ASCE V2361, ASCE V2363, ASCE V2365.

Electives
Two East Asia-related courses in EALAC or any other department at Columbia or Barnard at the 3000- or 4000-level, subject to approval by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Concentrators are not eligible for the Senior Thesis Program or for Departmental Honors.